Epigram 11.141

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χοιρίδιον καὶ βοῦν ἀπολώλεκα, καὶ μίαν αἶγα,
ὧν χάριν εἴληφας μισθάριον, Μενέκλεις:

οὔτε δέ μοι κοινόν τι πρὸς Ὀθρυάδαν γεγένηται,
οὔτ᾽ ἀπάγω κλέπτας τοὺς ἀπὸ Θερμοπυλῶν

ἀλλὰ πρὸς Εὐτυχίδην ἔχομεν κρίσιν ὥστε τί ποιεῖ
ἐνθάδε μοι Ξέρξης καὶ Λακεδαιμόνιοι;
πλὴν κἀμοῦ μνήσθητι νόμου χάριν, ἢ μέγα κράξω:
ἄλλα λέγει Μενεκλῆς, ἄλλα τὸ χοιρίδιον.

— Paton edition

I lost a little pig and a cow and one nanny-goat, and on account of them you received your little fee, Menecles. I never had anything in common with Othryades nor do I prosecute the three hundred from Thermopylae for theft; my suit is against Eutychides, so that here how do Xerxes and the Spartans help me ? I beg you just to mention me for form’s sake, or I will call out loud “One thing says Menecles, and another thing says the piggie.”

— Paton edition

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