Epigram 7.152

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 228

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πικρὴν ἀλλήλοις Ἕκτωρ χάριν ἠδὲ φέρασπις
Αἴας ἐκ πολέμου μνῆμ᾽ ἔπορον φιλίης:
Ἕκτωρ γὰρ ζωστῆρα λαβὼν ξίφος ἔμπαλι δῶκε:
τὴν δὲ χάριν δώρων πείρασαν ἐν θανάτῳ:
τὸ ξίφος εἷλ᾽ Αἴαντα μεμηνότα, καὶ πάλι ζωστὴρ
εἵλκυσε Πριαμίδην δίφρια συρόμενον.
οὕτως ἐξ ἐχθρῶν αὐτοκτόνα πέμπετο δῶρα,
ἐν χάριτος προφάσει μοῖραν ἔχοντα μόρου.

— Paton edition

Bitter favours did Hector and Ajax of the great shield give each other after the fight in memory of their friendship. For Hector received a girdle and gave a sword in return, and they proved in death the favour that was in the gifts. The sword slew Ajax in his madness, and the girdle dragged Hector behind the chariot. Thus the adversaries gave each other the self-destroying gifts, which held death in them under pretence of kindness.

— Paton edition

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