Epigram 6.126

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 164
Codex Palatinus 23 p. 165

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σᾶμα τόδ᾽ οὐχὶ μάταιον ἐπ᾽ ἀσπίδι παῖς ὁ Πολύττου
Ὕλλος ἀπὸ Κρήτας θοῦρος ἀνὴρ ἔθετο,
Γοργόνα τὰν λιθοεργὸν ὁμοῦ καὶ τριπλόα γοῦνα
γραψάμενος: δῄοις τοῦτο δ᾽ ἔοικε λέγειν



ἀσπίδος ὦ κατ᾽ ἐμᾶς πάλλων δόρυ, μὴ κατίδῃς με,

καὶ φεῦγε τρισσοῖς τὸν ταχὺν ἄνδρα ποσίν.

— Paton edition

Not idly did Hyllus the son of Polyttus, the stout
Cretan warrior, blazon on his shield the Gorgon, that turns men to stone, and the three legs. This is what they seem to tell his foes : O thou who brandishest thy spear against my shield, look not on me, and fly with three legs from the swift-footed man.”

— Paton edition

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