Philitas and His Leaden Balls (It’s Not What You Think!)

Athenaeus, Deipnosophistae 552b:

“The poet Philitas of Kos was of a slight figure, and on account of the leanness of his body, he wore balls made of lead on his feet, so that he would not be blown over by the wind.”

The Narrative of Philetas by Rodolfo Amoedo

λεπτότερος δ᾽ ἦν καὶ Φιλίτας ὁ Κῷος ποιητής, ὃς καὶ διὰ τὴν τοῦ σώματος ἰσχνότητα σφαίρας ἐκ μολύβου πεποιημένας εἶχε περὶ τὼ πόδε ὡς μὴ ὑπὸἀνέμου ἀνατραπείη

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