Epigram 11.132

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 526

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μισῶ, δέσποτα Καῖσαρ, ὅσοις νέος οὐδέποτ᾽ οὐδεὶς
ἤρεσε, κἂν εἴπῃ, μῆνιν ἄειδε θεά,
ἀλλ᾽ ἢν μὴ Πριάμου τις ἔχῃ χρόνον ἡμιφάλακρος,
ἢ καὶ κυρτὸς ἄγαν, οὐ δύνατ᾽ ἄλφα γράφειν.

εἰ δ᾽ ὄντως οὕτως τοῦτ᾽ ἔστ᾽ ἔχον, ὦ ὕπατε Ζεῦ,
εἰς τοὺς κηλήτας ἔρχεται ἡ σοφία.

— Paton edition

I hate, Lord Caesar, those who are never pleased with any young writer, even if he says "Sing, O Goddess, the wrath,” but if a man is not as old as Priam, if he is not half bald and not so very much bent, they say he can’t write a b c. But, Zeus most high, if this really be so, wisdom visits but the ruptured.

— Paton edition

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