Epigram 6.205

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 177
Codex Palatinus 23 p. 177


τέκτονος ἄρμενα ταῦτα Λεοντίχου, αἵ τε χαρακταὶ
ῥῖναι, καὶ κάλων οἱ ταχινοὶ βορέες,
στάθμαι καὶ μιλτεῖα, καὶ αἱ σχεδὸν ἀμφιπλῆγες
σφῦραι, καὶ μίλτῳ φυρόμενοι κανόνες,

αἳ τ᾽ ἀρίδες, ξυστήρ τε, καὶ ἐστελεωμένος οὗτος
ἐμβριθής, τέχνας ὁ πρύτανις, πέλεκυς,
τρύπανά τ᾽ εὐδίνητα, καὶ ὠκήεντα τέρετρα,
καὶ γόμφων οὗτοι τοὶ πίσυρες τορέες,
ἀμφίξουν τε σκέπαρνον: ἃ δὴ χαριεργῷ Ἀθάνᾳ

ὡνὴρ ἐκ τέχνας θήκατο παυόμενος.

— Paton edition

These are the tools of the carpenter Leontichus, the grooved file, the plane, rapid devourer of wood, the line and ochre-box, the hammer lying next them that strikes with both ends, the rule stained with ochre, the drill-bow and rasp, and this heavy axe with its handle, the president of the craft; his revolving augers and quick gimlets too, and these four screwdrivers and his double-edged adze—all these on ceasing from his calling he dedicated to Athene who gives grace, to work.

— Paton edition





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