Epigram 6.348

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 205
Codex Palatinus 23 p. 206

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αἴλινον ὠκυμόρῳ με λεχωίδι τοῦτο κεκόφθαι
τῆς Διοδωρείου γράμμα λέγει σοφίης,

κοῦρον ἐπεὶ τίκτουσα κατέφθιτο παῖδα δὲ Μήλας
δεξάμενος θαλερὴν κλαίω Ἀθηναΐδα,

Λεσβιάδεσσιν ἄχος καὶ Ἰήσονι πατρὶ λιποῦσαν.
Ἄρτεμι, σοὶ δὲ κυνῶν θηροφόνων ἔμελεν.

— Paton edition

These mournful lines from the skilled pen of
Diodorus tell that this tomb was carved for one who died before her time in child-birth, in bearing a boy. I mourn her whom I received, blooming Athenais the daughter of Mela, who left sorrow to the ladies of Lesbos and to her father Jason. But thou hadst no care, then, Artemis, but for thy hounds deadly to beasts.

— Paton edition

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