Epigram 7.56

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 216


ἦν ἄρα Δημοκρίτοιο γέλως τόδε, καὶ τάχα λέξει:

οὐκ ἔλεγον γελόων, Πάντα πέλουσι γέλως;

καὶ γὰρ ἐγὼ σοφίην μετ᾽ ἀπείρονα, καὶ στίχα βίβλων

τοσσατίων, κεῖμαι νέρθε τάφοιο γέλως.

— Paton edition

Ecco perché rideva Democrito. Sembra che dica:
<<ridendo dissi o no che tutto è riso?
Ecco che io, dopo tanta sapienza e una pila di libri,
sto in un avello, provocando riso>>.

— Pontani, Filippo Maria (1978-81) (ed.): Antologia Palatina, 4 vols., Torino.




ἦν ἄρα Δημοκρίτοιο γέλως τόδε , καὶ τάχα λέξει :

οὐκ ἔλεγον γελόων , Πάντα πέλουσι γέλως ;

καὶ γὰρ ἐγὼ σοφίην μετ ἀπείρονα , καὶ στίχα βίβλων

τοσσατίων , κεῖμαι νέρθε τάφοιο γέλως .

So this was the cause of Democritus ' laughter , and
perchance he will say , " Did I not say , laughing , that
all is laughter ? For even I , after my limitless
wisdom and the long series of my works , lie beneath
the tomb a laughing - stock . "

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