Goodbye, Muses!

Palladas of Alexandria, Greek Anthology 9.171

“I am selling my books, those woeful instruments of the Muses, for I am set upon a new profession. Goodbye, Muses! Farewell, Learned Words! Syntax is the death of me.”

῎Οργανα Μουσάων, τὰ πολύστονα βιβλία πωλῶ

εἰς ἑτέρας τέχνης ἔργα μετερχόμενος.

Πιερίδες, σῴζοισθε· λόγοι, συντάσσομαι ὑμῖν·

σύνταξις γὰρ ἐμοὶ καὶ θάνατον παρέχει.

*Autobiographical Note: I once owned a t-shirt inscribed with the phrase, σύνταξις γὰρ ἐμοὶ καὶ θάνατον παρέχει, but until yesterday had no idea that it was a direct quotation from this poem!

6 thoughts on “Goodbye, Muses!

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