Epigram 6.229

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 183

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αἰετοῦ ἀγκυλοχείλου ἀκρόπτερον ὀξὺ σιδήρῳ
γλυφθέν, καὶ βαπτῇ πορφύρεον κυάνῳ,
ἤν τι λάθῃ μίμνον μεταδόρπιον ἐντὸς ὀδόντων,
κινῆσαι πρηεῖ κέντρῳ ἐπιστάμενον,

βαιὸν ἀπ᾽ οὐκ ὀλίγης πέμπει φρενός, οἷα δὲ δαιτὸς
δῶρον, ὁ πᾶς ἐπὶ σοί, Λεύκιε, Κριναγόρης.

— Paton edition

This quill of a crooked-beaked eagle, sharpened to a point by the steel and dyed with purple lacquer, which skilfully removes with its gentle pick any fragments that may be concealed in the teeth after dinner, Crinagoras, your devoted friend, sends you, Lucius, a little token of no small affection, just a mere convivial gift.

— Paton edition

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