16. Archilochos Alone

Series Title
Archilochos Suite
Michael Ayrton (British, 1921 – 1975)
Plate : 11 3/4 x 10 in. (29.85 x 25.4 cm)
Sheet : 18 1/4 x 15 1/4 in. (46.36 x 38.74 cm)
Mat : 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.64 cm)
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Hope College Collection, Gift of Jacob E. and Leona M. Nyenhuis
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The poetic verses by Archilochos translated by Michael Ayrton and selected by him to accompany this image:

…but I know one thing and a great one;

how to repay with evil him who injures me.

One of the Saites struts with my shield since I, unwillingly,
left it under a bush, but I got away fast.
So what do I care about that piece of armor, good as it was?
To hell with the thing. I can get another, no worse.

No man is respected among us, once he is dead.
We the living look to the man alive.
It is the dead who always get the worst.

Aisimedes, no one who heeds the noise of critics
would experience much in the way of satisfaction.

I made a mistake—a misfortune which has, I suppose, come upon other men…

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