Anacreontea, 24.8-13


“What did nature give to women? Beauty: stronger than all shields and spears. A beautiful woman conquers both iron and fire.”


γυναιξὶν οὐν ἔτ᾿ εἶχεν

τί οὖν; δίδωσι κάλλος

ἀντ᾿ ἀσπίδων ἁπασῶν

ἀντ᾿ ἐγχέων ἁπάντων

νικᾷ δὲ καὶ σίδηρον

καὶ πῦρ καλή τις οὖσα


Anacreontea? Poems on sex, drinking and beauty. Just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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