Epigram 6.223

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 182

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λείψανον ἀμφίκλαστον ἁλιπλανέος σκολοπένδρης
τοῦτο κατ᾽ εὐψαμάθου κείμενον ἠϊόνος,
δισσάκι τετρόργυιον, ἅπαν πεφορυγμένον ἀφρῷ,
πολλὰ θαλασσαίῃ ξανθὲν ὑπὸ σπιλάδι,

Ἑρμῶναξ ἐκίχανεν, ὅτε γριπηίδι τέχνῃ
εἷλκε τὸν ἐκ πελάγους ἰχθυόεντα βόλον
εὑρὼν δ᾽ ἠέρτησε Παλαίμονι παιδὶ καὶ Ἰνοῖ,
δαίμοσιν εἰναλίοις δοὺς τέρας εἰνάλιον.

— Paton edition

This mutilated body of a sea-wandering scolopendra eight fathoms long, all foul with foam and torn by the rocks, was found lying on this sandy beach by Hermonax when, in pursuit of his calling as a fisherman, he was drawing in his haul of fish, and having found it he hung it up as a gift to Ino and her son Palaemon, offering to the deities of the sea a monster of the sea.

— Paton edition

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