Circa 1976: Epigram by Scholiasticist Of Eleia

"Now here and in Lacedaemon the rules about love are perplexing,

but in most cities they are simple and easily intelligible; in Elis

and Boetia . . . ."

---Plato, Symposium,

translated by Benjamn Jowett

I praise the city of Eleia above

all others (proclaim, my poem, the assertion

forever!):  Eleia does not judge whom I love,

nor call my body's desires perversion.


trans. by Starward


Author's Notes/Comments: 

Scholiasticist (with respect, I cite his appellation rather than his mundane name) is a poet who casts all his poems in ancient settings.

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