Epigram 11.130

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 526

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τοὺς κυκλίους τούτους, τοὺς αὐτὰρ ἔπειτα λέγοντας
μισῶ, λωποδύτας ἀλλοτρίων ἐπέων.
καὶ διὰ τοῦτ᾽ ἐλέγοις προσέχω πλέον οὐδὲν ἔχω γὰρ
Παρθενίου κλέπτειν ἢ πάλι Καλλιμάχου.

θηρὶ μὲν οὐατόεντι γενοίμην, εἴ ποτε γράψω,
εἴκελος,
ἐκ ποταμῶν χλωρὰ χελιδόνια.

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δ᾽ οὕτως τὀν Ὅμηρον ἀναιδῶς λωποδυτοῦσιν,
ὥστε γράφειν ἤδη μῆνιν ἄειδε, θεά.

— Paton edition

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.”

— Paton edition

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