Epigram 7.425

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 271

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μὴ θάμβει, μάστιγα Μυροῦς ἐπὶ σάματι λεύσσων,
γλαῦκα, βιόν, χαροπὰν χᾶνα, θοὰν σκύλακα.
τόξα μὲν αὐδάσει με πανεύτονον ἁγέτιν οἴκου,
ἁ δὲ κύων τέκνων γνήσια καδομέναν
μάστιξ δ᾽ οὐκ ὀλοάν, ξένε, δεσπότιν, οὐδ᾽ ἀγέρωχον
δμωσί, κολάστειραν δ᾽ ἔνδικον ἀμπλακίας:
χὰν δὲ δόμων φυλακᾶς μελεδήμονα τὰν δ᾽ ἄρ᾽ ἄγρυπνον>
γλαῦξ ἅδε γλαυκᾶς Παλλάδος ἀμφίπολον.
τοιοῖσδ᾽ ἀμφ᾽ ἔργοισιν ἐγάθεον ἔνθεν ὅμευνος
τοιάδ᾽ ἐμᾷ στάλᾳ σύμβολα τεῦξε Βίτων

— Paton edition

Do not wonder at seeing on Myro's tomb a whip,
an owl, a bow, a grey goose and a swift bitch. The
bow proclaims that I was the strict well-strung
directress of my house, the bitch that I took true
care of my children, the whip that I was no cruel
or overbearing mistress, but a just chastiser of faults,
the goose that I was a careful guardian of the house,
and this owl that I was a faithful servant of owl-eyed
Pallas. Such were the things in which I took delight,
wherefore my husband Biton carved these emblems
on my grave-stone.

— Paton edition

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Épigrammes d'ornements allégoriques

La 7.422 ouvre une série de huit pièces qui décrivent des ornements allégoriques (422-429); elle a probablement servi de modèle aux autres. Ces ornements allégoriques sur les différentes stèles servent d'emblèmes pour identifier certaines caractéristiques du mort: son éloquence, sa bravoure, son lieu de naissance, etc.

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