Epigram 7.464

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 280


ἤπου σὲ χθονίας, Ἀρετημιάς, ἐξ ἀκάτοιο
Κωκυτοῦ θεμέναν ἴχνος ἐπ᾽ ἀιόνι,
οἰχόμενον βρέφος ἄρτι νέῳ φορέουσαν ἀγοστῷ
ᾤκτειραν θαλεραὶ Δωρίδες εἰν ἀίδᾳ,
πευθόμεναι τέο κῆρα σὺ δὲ ῥαίνουσα παρειὰς
δάκρυσιν, ἄγγειλας κεῖν᾽ ἀνιαρὸν ἔπος:
διπλόον ὠδίνασα, φίλαι, τέκος, ἄλλο μὲν ἀνδρὶ
εὔφρονι καλλιπόμαν, ἄλλο δ᾽ ἄγω φθιμένοις.

— Paton edition

Of a surety, Aretemias, when descending from the
boat, thou didst set thy foot on the beach of Cocytus,
carrying in thy young arms thy babe newly dead, the
fair daughters of the Dorian land pitied thee in
Hades and questioned thee concerning thy death ;
and thou, thy cheeks bedewed with tears, didst give
them these mournful tidings " My dears, I brought
forth twin children ; one I left with Euphron my
husband, and the other I bring to the dead."

— Paton edition




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