Herodes Atticus - Poem by dimitrios galanis
Sophisticated being orator
in his ''Atticas Noctes''
illuminated with rhetoric's presents many,
even earth's personas mighty.
His father's hoard fabulous,
wealth to last for centuries to come.
Odeons, stadiums, theaters,
his generosity's everlasting monuments.
In his luxury mansions
plethora the artifacts.
Everywhere naked chisel's youths
white and negroes,
his legal or adopted sons
teenaged immigrants to Elysian Fields.
Their beauty's liked presence
stoned in gardens' paths.
their immigration to him attributed.
Incompatible lovers while living
statuesque posthumously idols
intrusive Erinnyes to placate.
Passion's perverted, they said, impudence.
''Ungrateful, suspicious fellow citizens.
The benefactions to their state forget.
Slanders invent, aspersions.''
In his dotage closed himself in Marathon's mansion,
obsessed by heart pain out of their...immigration.
Neither wealth nor rhetoric's convince
were able to cure
his cause of oppress.
Unneeded anymore he renounced them.
without the assistance of their help.
This is a translation of the poem Ηρώδης Ο Αττικός by dimitrios galanis
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