Anacreon


The poetry of Ἀνακρέων (Anacreon) (sixth to fifth century BCE) celebrates drunkenness and love, in particular for the boy Bathyllus. His reputation as a person suffered from the enthusiasms of his verse, and some considered reading his poems morally dangerous. Others loved him for the same. An anonymous poet, or poets, wrote poems in the name of Anacreon, a collection known as the Ἀνακρεόντεια (Anacreontea), from which the poem published here derives.