Why should you, you unburied as you are,
See the dread flow of the Styx, the Furies’ forgiveless river?
Why should you come to the bank before your time?
The ordinances of the gods are not to be swayed by prayers,
But listen to me and comfort yourself with this:
Far and wide through the cities, divine revelations
Shall cause your bones to be revered as holy:
They shall build you a monument, they shall year by year
Perform rites in your honor for evermore,
And the place shall have the name of Palinurus.
This naturally pleased Palinurus. After all, who wouldn’t want to have a place named after oneself? And this is supposedly how Palinuro got its name. The luckless helmsman is also commemmorated in a poem that can be read at the village’s main square.