Picture of Lord Byron, poet and author of Childe Harold; nineteenth century British Literature / English Literature and poetry
Book Art by Jim Rosenau
Byron Swims the Hellespont
On this day in 1810 Lord Byron swam the Hellespont, in emulation of Leander's legendary swims to visit his beloved Hero. Byron was twenty-two, and not yet famous for his poetry or his profligacy -- though he had just finished a draft of Childe Harold, and just ended an affair with a married woman who, while no Hero, had moved Byron to challenge another to a sunrise duel.

 

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