Epigram 7.117

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 224


ἔκτισας αὐτάρκειαν, ἀφεὶς κενεαυχέα πλοῦτον,
Ζήνων, σὺν πολιῷ σεμνὸς ἐπισκυνίῳ:
ἄρσενα γὰρ λόγον εὗρες, ἐνηθλήσω δὲ προνοίᾳ,
αἵρεσιν ἀτρέστου αἵρεσιν ἐλευθερίης.
εἰ δὲ πάτρα Φοίνισσα, τίς ὁ φθόνος; ἦν καὶ ὁ Κάδμος
κεῖνος, ἀφ᾽ οὗ γραπτὰν Ἑλλὰς ἔχει σελίδα.

— Paton edition

Tu, rifiutando la vacua ricchezza, fondasti, Zenone,
l'autarcia, venerando di canizie.
Maschia dottrina creasti con provvido sforzo, una scuola
ch'ebbe a intrepida figlia libertà.
Fosti fenicio: e con questo? Di quella regione fu Cadmo,
a cui deve la Grecia la scrittura.

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




Gow-Page, Hell. Epigr., t. II, p. 557 : « Three epigrams in the Anthology are ascribed to Zenodotus, of which 7.315 has an alternative ascription to Rhianus. Diogenes Laertius describes the author of epigram 7.117 as Ζ. ΣτωιΚός, Διογένους μαθητής. Diogenes of Seleucia (or Babylon) suceeded Zeno of Tarsus as head of the Stoic school, was in Rome in 156 b.c., and seemingly died at an advanced age very shortly afterwards (see RE 5.774) ; his pupil therefore may be supposed to have been roughly a contemporary of Antipater, whose epigram on the founder of the Stoic school precedes this in Diogenes Laertius. 7.315 is on Timon, and has therefore some points of contact in subject with this ; in style however it is much unlike, and if it is not by Rhianus need not be by this Zenodotus, for the name is not rare (see Susemihl G.L.A. 2.14). Nor need the couplet which we print as II (16.14), a trifle which anybody could have written. Perhaps it is worth remembering that Zenodotus of Ephesus, the Homeric scholar and Alexandrian librarian, is described as ἐποποιός, and since he was a pupil of Philetas might so far as dates are concerned have written on Zeno. »


ἔκτισας αὐτάρκειαν , ἀφεὶς κενεαυχέα πλοῦτον ,
Ζήνων , σὺν πολιῷ σεμνὸς ἐπισκυνίῳ :
ἄρσενα γὰρ λόγον εὗρες , ἐνηθλήσω δὲ προνοίᾳ ,
αἵρεσιν ἀτρέστου αἵρεσιν ἐλευθερίης .
εἰ δὲ πάτρα Φοίνισσα , τίς φθόνος ; ἦν καὶ Κάδμος
κεῖνος , ἀφ οὗ γραπτὰν Ἑλλὰς ἔχει σελίδα .

Tu as institué l ' art de se suffire à soi - même , laissant de
côté la richesse à la veine superbe , Zénon , que ton front
blanchi rend vénérable . Tu as trouvé en effet une parole
mâle et tu t ' es fait par ton effort au sein de la Providence
une philosophie mère de la liberté intrépide . Si ta patrie
est la Phénicie , qu ' y trouver à redire ? De ce pays venait
Cadmos , celui - même à qui Grèce doit ce qu ' on écrit sur
une page .

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