Epigram 7.336

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 255

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γήραϊ καὶ πενίῃ τετρυμένος, οὐδ᾽ ὀρέγοντος
οὐδενὸς ἀνθρώπου δυστυχίης ἔρανον,
τοῖς τρομεροῖς κώλοισιν ὑπήλυθον ἠρέμα τύμβον,
εὑρὼν οἰζυροῦ τέρμα μόλις βιότου.
ἠλλάχθη δ᾽ ἐπ᾽ ἐμοὶ νεκύων νόμος: οὐ γὰρ ἔθνῃσκον
ἔπειτ᾽, ἔπειτ᾽ ἐτάφην ἀλλὰ ταφεὶς ἔθανον.

— Paton edition

Worn by age and poverty, no one stretching out his hand to relieve my misery, on my tottering legs I went slowly to my grave, scarce able to reach the end of my wretched life. In my case the law of death was reversed, for I did not die first to be then buried, but I died after my burial.

— Paton edition

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