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The Greek Anthology Book XVII

Greg Delanty
Publisher
Carcanet
Price
£12.95
ISBN
9781906188054
Humilities
for Anna

You know the story. Zeus and Hermes came down
to earth. No one took them in except an old couple.
Philemon set the table while Baucis
prepared the meal: smoked bacon, vegetables
from their garden, feta and radishes, a dessert
of apples and walnuts. The married pair realized,
noticing the amphora mysteriously full after each pour,
who was under their roof. What's unknown is
that they begged the gods not to send the deluge on
their inhospitable neighbors. It was they who outshone
the miffed deities then. Ah, the wisdom of old age,
the humility to not care about one's own humility,
to be beyond the scruples of gods and mortals.