Epigram 6.236

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 185

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ἔμβολα χαλκογένεια, φιλόπλοα τεύχεα νηῶν,
Ἀκτιακοῦ πολέμου κείμενα μαρτύρια,
ἠνίδε σιμβλεύει κηρότροφα δῶρα μελισσῶν,
ἑσμῷ βομβητῇ κυκλόσε βριθόμενα.

Καίσαρος εὐνομίης χρηστὴ χάρις: ὅπλα γὰρ ἐχθρῶν
καρποὺς εἰρήνης ἀντεδίδαξε τρέφειν.

— Paton edition

See how the brazen beaks, voyage-loving weapons of ships, here preserved as relics of the fight at Actium, shelter, like a hive, the waxy gift of the bees, weighted all round by the humming swarm. Beneficent indeed is the righteous rule of Caesar; he hath taught the arms of the enemy to bear the fruits of peace, not war.

— Paton edition

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