Frasi di Callimaco
Data di nascita: 310 a.C.
Data di morte: 240 a.C.
Callimaco fu un poeta e filologo greco antico d'età ellenistica.
da Epigrammi, vii Epitafio di Saone
Epigram 10; translation from J. Banks (ed.) The Works of Hesiod, Callimachus and Theognis (London: Henry G. Bohn, 1856) p. 194.
„They told me, Heraclitus, they told me you were dead,
They brought me bitter news to hear and bitter tears to shed.
I wept, as I remembered, how often you and I
Had tired the sun with talking and sent him down the sky.“
Epigram 2, translation by William Johnson Cory in Ionica (London: Smith, Elder, 1858) p. 7.
„His blend of sensitivity and detachment, elegance, wit, and learning, had a profound influence on later Roman poets, especially Catullus, Ovid, and Propertius (the last thought of himself as the Roman Callimachus), and through them on the whole European literary tradition.“
D. E. W. Wormell, in The Penguin Companion to Literature (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1969) vol. 4, p. 47.
„O Charidas, what of the under world? Great darkness. And what of the resurrection? A lie. And Pluto? A fable; we perish utterly.“
Epigram 14; translation from J. W. Mackail (ed.) Select Epigrams from the Greek Anthology (London: Longmans, 1906) p. 171.
„The most outstanding intellect of this generation, the greatest poet that the Hellenistic age produced, and historically one of the most important figures in the development of Graeco-Roman (and hence European) literature.“
A. W. Bulloch, in P. E. Easterling and B. M. W. Knox (eds.) The Cambridge History of Classical Literature (Cambridge University Press, 1989) vol. 1, part 4, p. 9.
„Two goddesses now must Cyprus adore;
The Muses are ten, the Graces are four;
Stella's wit is so charming, so sweet her fair face;
She shines a new Venus, a Muse, and a Grace.“
Epigram 5; translation by Jonathan Swift, cited from Henry Wellesley (ed.) Anthologia Polyglotta (London: John Murray, 1849) p. 47.