Epigram 6.175

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 171
Codex Palatinus 23 p. 172

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τὸν κύνα, τὸν πάσης κρατερῆς ἐπιΐδμονα θήρης,
ἔξεσε μὲν Λεύκων, ἄνθετο δ᾽ Ἀλκιμένης.
Ἀλκιμένης δ᾽ οὐχ εὗρε τί μέμψεται: ὡς δ᾽ ἴδ᾽ ὁμοίην
εἰκόνα παντοίῳ σχήματι φαινομένην,

κλοιὸν ἔχων πέλας ἦλθε, λέγων Λεύκωνι κελεύειν
τῷ κυνὶ καὶ βαίνειν πεῖθε γὰρ ὡς ὑλάων.

— Paton edition

This dog, trained in every kind of hunting, was carved by Leucon, and dedicated by Alcimenes. Alcimenes had no fault to find, but when he saw the statue resembling the dog in every feature he came up to it with a collar, bidding Leucon order the dog to walk, for as it looked to be barking, it persuaded him it could walk too.

— Paton edition

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