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May 3, 2013

Byron Swims the Hellespont

Lord Byron    (1788 - 1824)

Lord Byron
(1788 – 1824)

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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