Finest of all the things I have left is the light of the sun,
Next to that the brilliant stars and the face of the moon,
Cucumbers in their season, too, and apples and pears.
Praxilla (5th Century BC), Norton Book of Classical Literature
Not many works by classical women poets survive, but this fragment of Praxilla's poem did, mainly because everyone thought it was daft. Bernard Knox, who translated this fragment, explains that Adonis enters the Underworld and is asked 'What was the most beautiful thing you left behind you?'. This is his answer.