Epigram 6.5

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 141
Codex Palatinus 23 p. 142


Δούνακας ἀκροδέτους, καὶ τὴν ἁλινηχέα κώπην,
γυρῶν τ᾽ ἀγκίστρων λαιμοδακεῖς ἀκίδας,
καὶ λίνον ἀκρομόλιβδον, ἀπαγγελτῆρά τε κύρτου
φελλόν, καὶ δισσὰς σχοινοπλεκεῖς σπυρίδας,

καὶ τὸν ἐγερσιφαῆ πυρὸς ἔγκυον ἔμφλογα πέτρον,
ἄγκυράν τε, νεῶν πλαζομένων παγίδα.
Πείσων ὁ γριπεὺς Ἑρμῇ πόρεν, ἔντρομος ἤδη
δεξιτερήν, πολλοῖς βριθόμενος καμάτοις.

— Paton edition

Piso the fisherman, weighed down by long toil and his right hand already shaky, gives to Hermes these his rods with the lines hanging from their tips, his oar that swam through the sea, his curved hooks whose points bite the fishes’ throats, his net fringed with lead, the float that announced where his weel lay, his two wicker creels, the flint pregnant with fire that sets the tinder alight, and his anchor, the trap that holds fast wandering ships.

— Paton edition




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