Epigram 11.117

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 524


ἰητρὸς Καπίτων Χρύσην ἐνέχρισεν, ὁρῶντα
ὀκτὼ μὲν μακρὸν πύργον ἀπὸ σταδίων,
ἄνδρα δ᾽ ἀπὸ σταδίου, διὰ δώδεκα δ᾽ ὄρτυγα πηχῶν,
φθεῖρα δ᾽ ἀπὸ σπιθαμῶν καὶ δύο δερκόμενον.

νῦν δ᾽ ἀπὸ μὲν σταδίου πόλιν οὐ βλέπει, ἐκ δὲ διπλέθρου
καιόμενον κατιδεῖν τὸν φάρον οὐ δύναται:
ἵππον ἀπὸ σπιθαμῆς δὲ μόλις βλέπει, ἀντὶ δὲ τοῦ πρὶν
ὄρτυγος οὐδὲ μέγαν στρουθὸν ἰδεῖν δύναται.
ἂν δὲ προσεγχρίσας αὐτὸν φθάσῃ, οὐδ᾽ ἐλέφαντα

οὐκέτι μήποτ᾽ ἴδῃ πλησίον ἑσταότα.

— Paton edition

The physician Capito anointed Chryses’ eyes then when he could see a high tower from a mile off and a man from a furlong and a quail from ten yards and a louse even from a foot. Now from a furlong he cannot see the town and from two hundred feet cannot see that the lighthouse is alight ; he scarcely sees a horse from half a foot off and as for the quail he once saw, he can’t even see a large ostrich. If he manages to give him another dose, he won’t ever after be able to see even an elephant standing close to him.

— Paton edition





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