Epigram 6.255

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 190
Codex Palatinus 23 p. 191

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τοῦτο Σάων τὸ δίπαχυ κόλον κέρας Ὡμβρακιώτας
βουμολγὸς ταύρου κλάσσεν ἀτιμαγέλου,
οππότε μιν κνημούς τε κατὰ λασίους τε χαράδρας
ἐξερέων ποταμοῦ φράσσατ᾽ ἐπ᾽ ἀιόνι

ψυχόμενον χηλάς τε καὶ ἰξύας: αὐτὰρ ὃ βούτεω
ἀντίος ἐκ πλαγίων ἵεθ᾽
ὁ δὲ ῥοπάλῳ
γυρὸν ἀπεκράνιξε βοὸς κέρας, ἐκ δέ μιν αὐτᾶς
ἀχράδος εὐμύκῳ πᾶξε παρὰ κλισίᾳ. .

— Paton edition

Saon of Ambracia, the herdsman, broke off this his straying bull's mutilated horn two cubits long, when, searching for him on the hill-side and leafy gullies, he spied him on the river-bank cooling his feet and sides. The bull rushed straight at him from one side, but he with his club knocked off his curving horn, and put it up on this wild pear-tree by the byre, musical with the lowing of the herd.

— Paton edition

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