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In pulling out the spatula he tore out my eye from the roots and the whole spatula remained inside. But if he anoints me twice, I shall not trouble him any more by suffering from sore eyes ; for how can a man who no longer has eyes do so } On Poets (127-137) 127.— POLLIANUS There are among the Muses too Avengers, who make you a poet, and therefore you write much and without judgment. Now, I entreat you, write still more, for no greater madness can I beseech the gods to give you than that. '^ Attributes of Hermes Psychoponipus ; but there is some point here which eludes us. K 2
GREEK ANTHOLOGY 128.— TOY AYTOY Et yu,77 ')(aipo), ^^\cope, 'yevoifi'qv hdKTv\o<i r) ttou? el<i TOiv (XMv rovT(ov roiv KaraTeLVOfievwv. ')(aipai, vrj rov KXrjpov, ov €VK\^prjcra<i iv dd\oi<i, &)? Trepl ')(^oip€t,a^ rov arecpdvov p,€pt,8o<;. roiyap 6dpaei, ^\o)pe, koL evOv/jio<; TraXi yivov ovrco vifcrjaat Kol BoXixov Bvvaaai. 129.— KEPEAATOT HoirjTTjf; iXOoov et? ^'la6p,La tt/jo? tov djcova, evpcbv 7rotr]Td<;, cIttc TrapiaOpC e-)(eiv. fieKKet 8 i^op/ndv et? llvOia' kuv ttoXiv evpf}, elirelv ov Bvvarai, "Kal irapairvO l e%<«." 130.— nnAAIANOT Tou? kvk\iov<{ Tovrov;, rov<i avrap eireLra Xijovra^ fxiao), \(07roSvTa<; aXXoTplcov eirewv. Kal 8ia toOt' iXeyoii; Trpocrixo) irXiov ovBev e;^a) yap Uapdeviov KXerrreiv rj ttoXl K.aWipbd'x^ov. 0T]pl fiev ovaroevTi <y€Voi,p,rjv, et irore ypdyp^co, 5 eiK€\o<;, eK iroraficov 'X^Xcopd 'X^eXiBovia. ol 8' oi/T&)9 rov "Op,7)pov dvacS(t)<f \co7ro8vTovaiv, Mare ypd(j)6iv '^Srj firjvtv deiBe, ded. ^ On a bad poet who won a prize owing to the incapacity of the other competitors, and who expected congratulation?. ' " Parapythia " of course has no meaning. 132
THE SATIRICAL EPIGRAMS 128. By the Same^ If I am not pleased, Florus, may I become a dactyl or a foot, one of those that you torture. Yes, I swear by the happy lot you drew in the contest, I am as pleased at your crown as if it were a joint of pork. Therefore be of good heart, Florus, and become cheerful again ; in this fashion you can win the long race as well. 129.— CEREALIUS A POET coming to the Isthmian games to the contest, when he found other poets there said he had paristhmia (mumps). He is going to start off for the Pythian games, and if he finds poets there again he can't say he has parapythia ^ as well. 130.— POLLIANUS I HATE these cyclic ^ poets who say " natheless eftsoon," filchers of the verses of others, and so I pay more attention to elegies, for there is nothing I want to steal from Callimachus or Parthenius. Let me become like an " eared beast " * if ever I write "from the rivers sallow celandine." ^ But these epic poets strip Homer so shamelessly that they already write " Sing, O Goddess, the wrath." " ' Contemporary writers of epic poems. * So Callimachus calls a donkey. * Probably a quotation from Parthenius. He like Calli- machus, wrote elegies. * i.e. the very first words of his poem, 133
GREEK ANTHOLOGY 131.— AOTKIAAIOT OiiT CTTi AeuKaXiQ)i>o<i vSoop, ore irdvr iyev^dr), ovd' 6 KaTa7rprjaa<; tov<; eVt <yrj<; ^aeOcov, dvdpcoTTov^ €KT€ivev 6crov<; TIoTafxwv 6 TroirjTT]^, KoX ')(eipovp'yr](Ta<i wkecrev 'Eipfioyivr]<;.

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