Epigram 6.295

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 197
Codex Palatinus 23 p. 197
Codex Palatinus 23 p. 198

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Σμῖλαν Ἀσκώνδας δονακογλύφον, ὅν τ᾽ ἐπὶ μισθῷ
σπόγγον ἔχεν καλάμων ψαίστορα τῶν Κνιδίων,

καὶ σελίδων κανόνισμα φιλόρθιον, ἔργμα τε λείας
σαμοθέτον, καὶ τὰν εὐμέλανον βροχίδα,

κάρκινά τε σπειροῦχα, λεάντειράν τε κίσηριν,
καὶ τὰν ἁδυφαῆ πλινθίδα καλλαΐναν,
μάζας ἁνίκ᾽ ἔκυρσε τελωνιάδος φιλολίχνου,
Πιερίσιν πενίας ἄρμεν᾽ ἀνεκρέμασεν.

— Paton edition

Ascondas, when he came in for an exciseman’s
lickerish sop, hung up here to the Muses the implements of his penury: his penknife, the sponge he used to hire to wipe his Cnidian pens, the ruler for marking off the margins, his paper-weight that marks the place(?), his ink-horn, his compasses that draw circles, his pumice for smoothing, and his blue spectacles (?) that give sweet light.

— Paton edition

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