Gli usignoli di Stratone, Ep. 2.3 Fl. (= AP 12.2.3)
- Greek epigram,
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In his programmatic epigram 2 Fl., Strato of Sardis addresses the reader warning him not to look for, inter alia, ‘nightingales’ in his poems (l. 3). This term, under the obvious mythological reference to the story of Procne, could hide an obscene double meaning (‘female sexual organ’, attested in a fragment of Archilochus), thus implicitly declaring Strato’s rejection of heterosexual poetry.