Remembering Hipponas of Ephesus

7 08 2007

Hipponas of Ephesus (550-550 b.C.) was a greek poet and a literary exception to the rule. The rule of greek poetry of that time was the beauty and the "aisthesis". The poetic world of Hipponas was the common people: sellers, thieves, men-of-all-work, masters and servants, drunkards and innkeepers. The scenery of his verses is the cabin, the barn for grain, the court, and the tools of poor people of ancient Greece: the mace, the dice, the cape. And food: tuna fish, olives, bread,doughy loaves with honey, sausages… It’s a sort of aesthetics of dirt poor.

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