Epigram 11.169

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ἐχθὲς ἀπάγχεσθαι μέλλων Δείναρχος ὁ φείδων,
Γλαῦκε, δι᾽ ἓξ χαλκοῦς δύσμορος οὐκ ἔθανεν
ἓξ χαλκῶν ἦν γὰρ τὸ σχοινίον: ἀλλ᾽ ἐδυσώνει,
εὔωνον ζητῶν ἄλλον ἴσως θάνατον.

τοῦτο φιλαργυρίας δεινῆς ὅρος, ὃς γ᾽ ἀποθνῄσκων,
Γλαῦκε, δι᾽ ἓξ χαλκοῦς δύσμορος οὐκ ἔθανεν.

— Paton edition

Yesterday, Glaucus, Dinarchus the miser being
about to hang himself, did not die, poor fellow, all for the sake of sixpence ; for the rope cost sixpence, but he tried to drive a hard bargain, seeking perhaps some other cheap death. This is the very height of wretched avarice, for a man to be dying, Glaucus, and not able to die, poor fellow, all for the sake of sixpence.

— Paton edition

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