Epigram 11.248

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 540


τὸ σκάφος οὐ βυθὸς εἷλε ῾ πόθεν βυθός; οὐ γὰρ ἔπλωσεν᾽,
οὐδὲ Νότος, πρὸ Νότου δ᾽ ὤλετο καὶ πελάγευς.
ἤδη γάρ μιν ἅπασαν ἐπὶ ζυγὰ γομφωθεῖσαν
ἤλειφον πεύκης τῇ λιπαρῇ νοτίδι:

πίσσα δ᾽ ὑπερβρασθεῖσα πυρὸς φλογὶ τὴν ἁλὶ πιστὴν
τευχομένην γαίῃ δεῖξεν ἀπιστοτέρην.

— Paton edition

It was not the depths that took the ship (how the depths, when she had never sailed?) nor the south wind, but she perished before encountering south wind and sea. Already completely built, even as far as the benches, they were anointing her with the fat juice of the pine; and the pitch, overboiling with the flame of the fire, showed that she, who was being built to serve the sea faithfully, was less faithful to the land.

— Paton edition





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