Epigram 11.144

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οὐ τὸ λέγειν παράσημα καὶ Ἀττικὰ ῥήματα πέντε,
εὐζήλως ἐστὶν καὶ φρονίμως μελετᾷν:

οὐδὲ γὰρ εἰ κάρκαιρε, καὶ εἰ κοναβεῖ τό τε σίζει
καὶ κελάρυζε λέγεις, εὐθὺς Ὅμηρος ἔσῃ.

νοῦν ὑποκεῖσθαι δεῖ τοῖς γράμμασι, καὶ φράσιν αὐτῶν
εἶναι κοινοτέραν, ὥστε νοεῖν ἃ λέγεις.

— Paton edition

To use magniloquent words and four or five Attic ones is not to study with proper fervour and wisdom. For not even if you say "quaked" and "clangs" and "hisses" and "gurgled" will you be a Homer at once. Sense should underlie literature, and its phraseology be more vulgar so that people may understand what you say.

— Paton edition

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