Epigram 11.104

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ἱππεύων μύρμηκι Μενέστρατος, ὡς ἐλέφαντι,
δύσμορος ἐξαπίνης ὕπτιος ἐξετάθη,
λακτισθεὶς δ᾽ ὡς εἶχε τὸ καίριον, ὦ φθόνε, φησίν,

οὕτως ἱππεύων ὤλετο καὶ Φαέθων.

— Paton edition

Poor Menestratus once, riding on an ant as if it
were van elephant, was suddenly stretched on his
back. When it trod on him and he was breathing
his last, “O Envy!” he exclaimed, "thus riding
perished Phaethon too.”

— Paton edition

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Epigram 11.107