Epigram 6.47

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 149

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κερκίδα τὴν φιλαοιδὸν Ἀθηναίῃ θέτο Βιττὼ
ἄνθεμα, λιμηρῆς ἄρμενον ἐργασίης,
εἶπε δέ:
χαῖρε, θεά, καὶ τήνδ᾽ ἔχε: χήρη ἐγὼ γὰρ

τέσσαρας εἰς ἐτέων ἐρχομένη δεκάδας,


ἀρνεῦμαι τὰ σὰ δῶρα: τὰ δ᾽ ἔμπαλι Κύπριδος ἔργων

ἅπτομαι: ὥρης γὰρ κρεῖσσον ὁρῶ τὸ θέλειν.

— Paton edition

Bitto dedicated to Athene her melodious loom-
comb, implement of the work that was her scanty livelihood, saying, "Hail, goddess, and take this ; for I, a widow in my fortieth year, forswear thy gifts and on the contrary take to the works of Cypris; I see that the wish is stronger than age.”

— Paton edition

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