Epigram 7.409

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 268

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ὄβριμον ἀκαμάτου στίχον αἴνεσον Ἀντιμάχοιο,
ἄξιον ἀρχαίων ὀφρύος ἡμιθέων,
Πιερίδων χαλκευτὸν ἐπ᾽ ἄκμοσιν, εἰ τορὸν οὖας
ἔλλαχες, εἰ ζαλοῖς τὰν ἀγέλαστον ὄπα,
εἰ τὰν ἄτριπτον καὶ ἀνέμβατον ἀτραπὸν ἄλλοις
μαίεαι. εἰ δ᾽ ὕμνων σκᾶπτρον Ὅμηρος ἔχει,
καὶ Ζεύς τοι κρέσσων Ἐνοσίχθονος: ἀλλ᾽ Ἐνοσίχθων
τοῦ μὲν ἔφυ μείων, ἀθανάτων δ᾽ ὕπατος:
καὶ ναετὴρ Κολοφῶνος ὑπέζευκται μὲν Ὁμήρῳ,
ἁγεῖται δ᾽ ἄλλων πλάθεος ὑμνοπόλων.

— Paton edition

Praise the sturdy verse of tireless Antimachus,
worthy of the majesty of the demigods of old,
beaten on the anvil of the Muses, if thou art gifted
with a keen ear, if thou aspirest to gravity of words, if
thou wouldst pursue a path untrodden and unap-
proached by others. If Homer holds the sceptre of
song, yet, though Zeus is greater than Poseidon,
Poseidon his inferior is the chief of the immortals ; so
the Colophonian bows before Homer, but leads the
crowd of other singers.

— Paton edition

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