Epigram 7.115

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 224


τὸν βίον ἦσθα κύων, Ἀντίσθενες, ὧδε πεφυκώς,
ὥστε δακεῖν κραδίην ῥήμασιν, οὐ στόμασιν.
ἀλλ᾽ ἔθανες φθισικός, τάχ᾽ ἐρεῖ τις ἴσως: τί δὲ τοῦτο;

πάντως εἰς ἀίδην δεῖ τιν᾽ ὁδηγὸν ἔχειν.

— Paton edition

-Cane, Antistene, fosti da vivo.
- Di tale natura
da mordere a parole e non coi denti.
-Morto secondo natura, direbbe taluno.
- E con questo?
Ci vuole pure chi nell'Ade guidi!

— Pontani, Filippo Maria (1978-81) (ed.): Antologia Palatina, 4 vols., Torino.




τὸν βίον ἦσθα κύων , Ἀντίσθενες , ὧδε πεφυκώς ,
ὥστε δακεῖν κραδίην ῥήμασιν , οὐ στόμασιν .
ἀλλ ἔθανες φθισικός , τάχ ἐρεῖ τις ἴσως : τί δὲ τοῦτο ;

πάντως εἰς ἀίδην δεῖ τιν ὁδηγὸν ἔχειν .

You were in your lifetime a Dog , Antisthenes ,
of such a nature that you bit the heart with words ,
not with your mouth . But someone perchance will
say you died of consumption . What does that
matter ? One must have someone to guide one to
Hades .

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