Epigram 7.23

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 211


θάλλοι τετρακόρυμβος, Ἀνάκρεον, ἀμφὶ σὲ κισσός,
ἁβρά τε λειμώνων πορφυρέων πέταλα:
πηγαὶ δ᾽ ἀργινόεντος ἀναθλίβοιντο γάλακτος,
εὐῶδες δ᾽ ἀπὸ γῆς ἡδὺ χέοιτο μέθυ,

ὄφρα κέ τοι σποδιή τε καὶ ὀστέα τέρψιν ἄρηται,
εἰ δή τις φθιμένοις χρίμπτεται εὐφροσύνα.

— Paton edition

L'edera a quattro corimbi, di prati purpurei corolle
ti fioriscano attorno, Anacreonte,
sprizzino fonti d'argento di latte, un vino soave
odoroso s'effonda dalla terra,
sì che le ceneri tue ne ricavino gusto e le ossa,
seppure i morti alcuna gioia tocca.

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




genre 7.23

Libation (spondē) was an important part the ancient Greek religion, and more specifically, of the funerary rituals. Libation consisted of pouring milk, wine, honey, water or oil to the dead.


θάλλοι τετρακόρυμβος , Ἀνάκρεον , ἀμφὶ σὲ κισσός ,
ἁβρά τε λειμώνων πορφυρέων πέταλα :
πηγαὶ δ ἀργινόεντος ἀναθλίβοιντο γάλακτος ,
εὐῶδες δ ἀπὸ γῆς ἡδὺ χέοιτο μέθυ ,

ὄφρα κέ τοι σποδιή τε καὶ ὀστέα τέρψιν ἄρηται ,
εἰ δή τις φθιμένοις χρίμπτεται εὐφροσύνα .

Let the four - clustered ivy , Anacreon , flourish
around you , and the tender flowers of the purple
meadows , and let fountains of white milk bubble up ,
and sweet - smelling wine gush from the earth , so that
your ashes and bones may have joy , if indeed any
delight touches the dead .

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