Epigram 11.110

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τρεῖς λεπτοὶ πρῴην περὶ λεπτοσύνης ἐμάχοντο,
τίς προκριθεὶς εἴη λεπτεπιλεπτότερος.
ὧν ὁ μὲν εἷς,Ἕρμων, μεγάλην ἐνεδείξατο τέχνην,
καὶ διέδυ ῥαφίδος τρῆμα, λίνον κατέχων

Δημᾶς δ᾽ ἐκ τρώγλης βαίνων ἐς ἀράχνιον ἔστη,
ἡ δ᾽ ἀράχνη νήθους1᾽ αὐτὸν ἀπεκρέμασεν.
Σωσίπατρος δ᾽ ἐβόησεν
ἐμὲ στεφανώσατ᾽ ἐγὼ

εἰ βλέπομ᾽, ἥττημαι: πνεῦμα γάρ εἰμι μόνον.

— Paton edition

Three thin men were competing the other day
about thinness, to see which of them would be
adjudged the very thinnest. The one, Hermon, exhibited great skill and went through the eye of a needle holding the thread. But Demas coming out of a hole stopped at a spider’s web, and the spider spinning hung him from it. But Sosipater exclaimed, “Give me the prize, for I lose it if I am seen, since I am nothing but air.”

— Paton edition

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