Epigram 7.733

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 323

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† Αἰνόμενοι δύο γρῆες ὁμήλικες ἦμεν, Ἀναξὼ
καὶ Κληνώ, δίδυμοι παῖδες Ἐπικράτεος
Κληνὼ μὲν Χαρίτων ἱερή, Δήμητρι δ᾽ Ἀναξὼ
ἐν ζωῇ προπολεῦσ᾽ ἐννέα δ᾽ ἠελίων
ὀγδωκονταέτεις ἔτι λειπόμεθ᾽ ἐς τόδ᾽ ἱκέσθαι
τῆς μοίρης: ἐτέων δ᾽ οὐ φθόνος † ἰσοσίη.
καὶ πόσιας καὶ τέκνα φιλήσαμεν αἱ δὲ παλαιαὶ
πρῶθ᾽ ἡμεῖς Ἀίδην πρηῢν ἀνυσσάμεθα.

— Paton edition

We two old women Anaxo and Cleno the twin
daughters of Epicrates were ever together ; Cleno
was in life the priestess of the Graces and Anaxo
served Demeter. We wanted nine days to complete our eightieth year...... We loved our husbands and children, and we, the old women, won gentle death
before them.

— Paton edition

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