Epigram 11.128

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 525
Codex Palatinus 23 p. 526

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εἰ μὴ χαίρω, Φλῶρε, γενοίμην δάκτυλος ἢ ποὺς
εἷς τῶν σῶν τούτων τῶν κατατεινομένων.
χαίρω, νὴ τὸν κλῆρον, ὃν εὐκλήρησας ἐν ἄθλοις,
ὡς περὶ χοιρείας τοῦ στεφάνου μερίδος.

τοιγὰρ θάρσει, Φλῶρε, καὶ εὔθυμος πάλι γίνου:
οὕτω νικῆσαι καὶ δόλιχον δύνασαι.

— Paton edition

If I am not pleased, Floras, 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, Floras, and become cheerful again ; in this fashion you can win the long race as well.

— Paton edition

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