Epigram 11.249

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ἀγρὸν Μηνοφάνης ὠνήσατο, καὶ διὰ λιμὸν
ἐκ δρυὸς ἀλλοτρίας αὑτὸν ἀπηγχόνισεν.
γῆν δ᾽ αὐτῷ τεθνεῶτι βαλεῖν οὐκ ἔσχον ἄνωθεν,
ἀλλ᾽ ἐτάφη μισθοῦ πρός τινα τῶν ὁμόρων.

εἰ δ᾽ ἔγνω τὸν ἀγρὸν τὸν Μηνοφάνους Ἐπίκουρος,
πάντα γέμειν ἀγρῶν εἶπεν ἄν, οὐκ ἀτόμων.

— Paton edition

Menophanes bought a field, and from hunger hanged himself on another man’s oak. When he was dead they had no earth to throw over him from above, but he was buried for payment in the ground of one of his neighbours. If Epicurus had known of Menophanes’ field he would have said that everything is full of fields, not of atoms.

— Paton edition

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