Epigram 7.403

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 266
Codex Palatinus 23 p. 267


Ψύλλος, ὁ τὰς ποθινὰς ἐπιμισθίδας αἰὲν ἑταίρας
πέμπων ἐς τὰ νέων ἡδέα συμπόσια,
οὗτος ὁ θηρεύων ἀταλόφρονας, ἐνθάδε κεῖται,
αἰσχρὸν ἀπ᾽ ἀνθρώπων μισθὸν ἐνεγκάμενος.
ἀλλὰ λίθους ἐπὶ τύμβον, ὁδοιπόρε, μήτε σὺ βάλλε,
μήτ᾽ ἄλλον πείσῃς: σῆμα λέλογχε νέκυς.
φεῖσαι δ᾽ οὐχ ὅτι κέρδος ἐπῄνεσεν, ἀλλ᾽ ὅτι κοινὰς
θρέψας, μοιχεύειν οὐκ ἐδίδαξε νέους.

— Paton edition

Psyllus, who used to take to the pleasant banquets
of the young men the venal ladies that they desired,
that hunter of weak girls, who earned a disgraceful
wage by dealing in human flesh, lies here. But
cast not thou stones at his tomb, wayfarer, nor bid
another do so. He is dead and buried. Spare
him, not because he was content to gain his living
so, but because as keeper of common women he
dissuaded young men from adultery.

— Paton edition




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