Epigram 7.385

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 263


ἥρως Πρωτεσίλαε, σὺ γὰρ πρώτην ἐμύησας
Ἴλιον Ἑλλαδικοῦ θυμὸν ἰδεῖν δόρατος,
καὶ περὶ σοῖς τύμβοις ὅσα δένδρεα μακρὰ τέθηλε,
πάντα τὸν εἰς Τροίην ἐγκεκύηκε χόλον
Ἴλιον ἢν ἐσίδῃ γὰρ ἀπ᾽ ἀκρεμόνων κορυφαίων,
καρφοῦται, πετάλων κόσμον ἀναινόμενα.
θυμὸν ἐπὶ Τροίῃ πόσον ἔζεσας, ἡνίκα τὴν σὴν
σῴζει καὶ στελέχη μῆνιν ἐπ᾽ ἀντιπάλους.

— Paton edition

Hero Protesilaus, for that thou didst first initiate Ilion into looking on the wrath of Grecian spears, the tall trees also that grow round thy tomb are all big with hatred of Troy. If from their topmost branches they see Ilion, they wither and cast off the beauty of their foliage. How great was thy boiling wrath agaisnt Troy, if tree-trunks preserve the spite thou didst bear thy foes.

— Paton edition



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