Epigram 6.84

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 156
Codex Palatinus 23 p. 157

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Ζηνὶ τόδ᾽ ὀμφάλιον σάκεος τρύφος, ᾧ ἔπι λαιὰν
ἔσχεν ἀριστεύων, ἄνθετο Νικαγόρας:
πᾶν δὲ τὸ λοιπὸν ἄκοντες, ἰσήριθμός τε χαλάζῃ
χερμὰς καὶ ξιφέων ἐξεκόλαψε γένυς.

ἀλλὰ καὶ ἀμφίδρυπτον ἐὸν τόδε χειρὶ μεναίχμᾳ
σῴζετο Νικαγόρᾳ, σῷζε δὲ Νικαγόραν.
θεσμὸν τὸν Σπάρτας μενεφύλοπιν ἀμφὶ βοείᾳ
τῇδέ τις ἀθρήσει πάντα φυλασσόμενον.

— Paton edition

This bossed fragment of his shield, which, when fighting gloriously, he held on his left arm, did Nicagoras dedicate to Zeus; but all the rest of it the darts and stones as thick as hail and the edge of the sword cut away. Yet though thus hacked all round in his martial hand it was preserved by Nicagoras and preserved Nicagoras. Looking on this shield one shall read the perfect observance of the Spartan law, "Meet undaunted the battle shock."

— Paton edition

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