Epigram 6.64

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 152

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Γυρὸν κυανέης μόλιβον σημάντορα γραμμῆς,
καὶ σκληρῶν ἀκόνην τρηχαλέην καλάμων,
καὶ πλατὺν ὀξυντῆρα μεσοσχιδέων δονακήων,
καὶ κανόνα γραμμῆς ἰθυπόρου ταμίην,

καὶ χρόνιον γλυπτοῖσι μέλαν πεφυλαγμένον ἄντροις,
καὶ γλυφίδας καλάμων ἄκρα μελαινομένων
Ἑρμείῃ Φιλόδημος, ἐπεὶ χρόνῳ ἐκκρεμὲς ἤδη
ἦλθε κατ᾽ ὀφθαλμῶν ῥυσὸν ἐπισκύνιον.

— Paton edition

Philodemus, now that his wrinkled brows owing to old age come to hang over his eyes, dedicates to Hermes the round lead that draws dark lines, the pumice, rough whet-stone of hard pens, the knife, flat sharpener of the split reed-pezis, the ruler that takes charge of the straightness of lines, the ink long kept in hollowed caverns and the notched pens
blackened at the point.

— Paton edition

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