Originally offered in Delphi to celebrate the Greek victory against the Persians, and moved to Constantinople by Constantine.
Phil Collins' favourite book, according to Desert Island Discs.
POMETHEUS BOUND, AN ANCIENT PLAY ONE OF THE OLDEST WE HAVE, ABOUT A SIMPLE MAN WHO WAS HORRIFICALLY PUNISHED BY THE POWERS THAT BE FOR THE TERRIBLE CRIME OF TRYING TO BRING LIGHT TO THE COMMON PEOPLE. IN THE WORDS OF AESCHYLUS "NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNNISHED" I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW MUCH CONSOLATION I FIND IN THESE SLIM PAGES.
Fair was she to behold, that maiden of seventeen summers.
Black were her eyes as the berry that grows on the thorn by the wayside,
Black, yet how softly they gleamed beneath the brown shade of her tresses!
Sweet was her breath as the breath of kine that feed in the meadows.
This is the funniest thing I have ever read in my entire life. I kept trying to read on after this line, but my head was filled with the image of people putting their heads into cows' mouths, taking a deep huff, and screaming "Ahhhhhh!" with pleasure. Or images of a man and a woman in a bar giving each other flirtatious glances. The man walks up to the woman and says, "You have cow's breath."
Anyway, this is the worst poem I have ever seen in my life, but I am giving it 2/5 because of the hilarious and evocative imagery.
- Archive.org is amazing. Here are the first few issues of Astounding magazine (now Analogue), which published works by most of the great science fiction writers before 1960.
- Wikipedia's article on Bat Boy. "Bat Boy has a chaotic sense of morality. He has been said to steal cars and not to come to the aid of the needy".
- I'm obsessed with Wiktionary's words of the day. This week had the Finnish word poronkusema, "the distance a reindeer could travel without stopping to urinate".
- A German zoo which had been covertly anti-Hilter during the war accidentally ended up with a Nazi parrot.