Vol. 47 (2021): XLVII - 2021

Gli usignoli di Stratone, Ep. 2.3 Fl. (= AP 12.2.3)

Published June 21, 2021
  • Strato,
  • Greek epigram,
  • nightingales,
  • obscenity


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.