What a charming if old-fashioned sounding description of sloping beauty, in this case referring to voluptuous Europa.  And ‘callipygous’ describes finely shaped buttocks, the owner of which would qualify as a callipygian.

‘Europa – lovely, Canova-like, with champagne-bottle shoulders and a wasp waist, heavy-thighed, callipygous and long-legged – sat side-saddle on the back of a fine bull breasting the foam to Crete.’

Source: Patrick Leigh Fermor, Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese, introduction by Michael Gorra, New York: New York Review of Books, 2006 (1958), p. 11

Pin It on Pinterest