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Monday, 5 March 2018

Keep Going, Monster by Hipponax

Keep going, monster, all the long way to Smyrna.
Pass through Lydia and past the tomb of Attales,
the grave of King of Gyges and the stele of Megastrys,
the funereal monument of Atys, and king of Attalyda,
and turn your belly toward the sinking sun.

Note by Translator: Attales: brother of Alyattes, King of Persia, whose tomb still exists. Megastrys: lover of Gyges. Atys: mythical lover of Kybeles. Attalyda: founder of the city of the same name. Text is corrupt and with many variations and interpretations.

From: Barnstone, Willis, Ancient Greek Lyrics, 2010, Indiana University Press: Bloomington and Indianapolis, p. 104.
(https://books.google.com.au/books?id=_sTvcPkyDZUC)

Date: 6th century BCE (original in Greek); 1962 (translation in English)

By: Hipponax (6th century BCE)

Translated by: Willis Barnstone (1927- )