Epigram 6.174

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 171

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Παλλάδι ταὶ τρισσαὶ θέσαν ἅλικες, ἶσον ἀράχνᾳ
τεῦξαι λεπταλέον στάμον᾽ ἐπιστάμεναι,
Δημὼ μὲν ταλαρίσκον ἐύπλοκον, Ἀρσινόα δὲ
ἐργάτιν εὐκλώστου νήματος ἠλακάταν

κερκίδα δ᾽ εὐποίητον, ἀηδόνα τὰν ἐν ἐρίθοις,
Βακχυλίς, εὐκρέκτους ᾇ διέκρινε μίτους:
ζώειν γὰρ δίχα παντὸς ὀνείδεος ἤθελ᾽ ἑκάστα,
ξεῖνε, τὸν ἐκ χειρῶν ἀρνυμένα βίοτον.

— Paton edition

The three girls all of an age, as clever as the spider at weaving delicate webs, dedicated here to Pallas, Demo her well-plaited basket, Arsinoe her spindle that produces the fine thread, and Bacchylis her well-wrought comb, the weaver’s nightingale, with the skilled stroke of which she deftly parted the threads. For each of them, stranger, willed to live without reproach, gaining her living by her hands.

— Paton edition

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