Epigram 7.709

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 319

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Σάρδιες ἀρχαῖαι, πατέρων νομός, εἰ μὲν ἐν ὑμῖν
ἐτρεφόμαν, κερνᾶς ἦν τις ἂν ἢ βακέλας
χρυσοφόρος, ῥήσσων καλὰ τύμπανα: νῦν δέ μοι Ἀλκμὰν
οὔνομα, καὶ Σπάρτας εἰμὶ πολυτρίποδος,
καὶ Μούσας ἐδάην Ἑλικωνίδας, αἵ με τυράννων
θῆκαν Δασκύλεω μείζονα καὶ Γύγεω.

— Paton edition

Ancient Sardis, home of my fathers, had I been
reared in thee I would have been a cernus-bearer or
eunuch, wearing ornaments of gold and beating-
pretty tambourines ; but now my name is Alcman,
and I am a citizen of Sparta of the many tripods,
and have learnt to know the Heliconian Muses who
made me greater than the tyrants Dascyles and
Gyges.

— Paton edition

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