[October 3 2020]
One of the last group of six, which did not appear until 1929, when the whole set of 26 items were assembled within a three-volume collection called Poems 1886-1929. Collected in the Sussex Edition vol. 35, p. 119. (ORG Verse No. 857).
"From the Greek Anthologies". After Simonides of Ceos (c. 556- 469 B.C.) Greek lyric poet, born on the island of Ceos.
During his youth he taught poetry and music in his native island, and composed paeans for the festivals of Apollo. He wrote an ode celebrating the victory of his patron Scopas in a chariot-race.
In KJ 305 for March 2003 Harry Ricketts comments:
What an apt point of departure: a supposed translation of an epigram from The Greek Anthology, one of the fountain-heads of European (hence by descent English) poetry. Specifically, Kipling's couplet evokes Simonides ... author of the famous epitaph for the Spartans who fell at Thermopylae:
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