Epigram 6.84

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


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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Epigram 6.84: Addition of ExtRef: Gratitude for the saving shield: comment by “MartaLegnini

Epigram 6.84: Addition of ExtRef: Dedication of the shield in the Anthology: comment by “MartaLegnini

Epigram 6.84: Association of escudo (1521) by “MartaLegnini

Epigram 6.84: Addition of internal reference to Epigram 6.141 by “MartaLegnini

Epigram 6.84: Addition of internal reference to Epigram 6.124 by “MartaLegnini

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