Nicarchus


Biography of Nicarchus

Nicarchus or Nicarch was a Greek poet and writer of the 1st century AD, best known for his epigrams, of which forty-two survive under his name in the Greek Anthology, and his satirical poetry. He was a contemporary of, and influence on, the better-known Latin writer Martial. A large proportion of his epigrams are directed against doctors. Some of his writings have been found at Oxyrhynchus in Egypt.

A fragment of Nicarchus:

The Raven

The gloom of death is on the raven’s wing,
The song of death is in the raven’s cries:
But when Demophilus begins to sing,
The raven dies.

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The Old Prostitute

A handsome old woman
(Who deny it?)
You know she was,
When she was young;
But then she asked for money
While now she is ready to pay her mount.
You will find her an artist,
And when she has had something to drink
Then all the more you will have her submissive

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