Epigram 11.246

URN
Created on
By
Updated on

Descriptions

Texts

ἐκ ποίων ἔταμες, Διονύσιε, τὰ ξύλα ταῦτα
λατομιῶν; ποίων τὸ σκάφος ἐστὶ μύλων;
εἰ γὰρ ἐγώ τι νοῶ, μολίβου γένος, οὐ δρυός ἐστιν,
οὐδ᾽ ἐλάτης, μικροῦ ῥιζοβολεῖ τὰ κάτω

καὶ τυχὸν ἐξαπίνης ἔσομαι λίθος: εἶτα, τὸ χεῖρον,
γράψει μ᾽ ὡς Νιόβην δρᾶμα σαπρὸν Μελίτων.

— Paton edition

From what quarry, Dionysius, did you hew these timbers? Of what mill-stones is the ship built? For if I know anything about it, it is a kind of lead, not oak or pine, and the lower part of me is nearly taking root. Perhaps I shall suddenly become a stone, and then the worst of it is Melito will write a rotten drama about me as if I were Niobe.

— Paton edition

Cities

Keywords

Scholia

Comments

Alignments

External references