Epigram 9.190

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Codex Palatinus 23, p. 387

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Λέσβιον Ἠρίννης τόδε κηρίον εἰ δέ τι μικρόν,
ἀλλ᾽ ὅλον ἐκ Μουσέων κιρνάμενον μέλιτι.
οἱ δὲ τριηκόσιοι ταύτης στίχοι ἶσοι Ὁμήρῳ,
τῆς καὶ παρθενικῆς ἐννεακαιδεκέτευς:


ἣ καὶ ἐπ᾽ ἠλακάτῃ μητρὸς φόβῳ, ἣ καὶ ἐφ᾽ ἱστῷ
ἑστήκει Μουσέων λάτρις ἐφαπτομένη.
Σαπφὼ δ᾽ Ἠρίννης ὅσσον μελέεσσιν ἀμείνων,
Ἤριννα Σαπφοῦς τόσσον ἐν ἑξαμέτροις.

— Paton edition

This is the Lesbian honeycomb of Erinna, and
though it be small, it is all infused with honey by
the Muses. Her three hundred lines are equal to
Homer, though she was but a child of nineteen
years. Either plying her spindle in fear of her
mother, or at the loom, she stood occupied in the
service of the Muses. As much as Sappho excels
Erinna in lyrics, so much does Erinna excel Sappho
in hexameters.

— Paton edition

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Λέσβιον Ἠρίννης τόδε κηρίον εἰ δέ τι μικρόν ,
ἀλλ ὅλον ἐκ Μουσέων κιρνάμενον μέλιτι .
οἱ δὲ τριηκόσιοι ταύτης στίχοι ἶσοι Ὁμήρῳ ,
τῆς καὶ παρθενικῆς ἐννεακαιδεκέτευς :


καὶ ἐπ ἠλακάτῃ μητρὸς φόβῳ , καὶ ἐφ ἱστῷ
ἑστήκει Μουσέων λάτρις ἐφαπτομένη .
Σαπφὼ δ Ἠρίννης ὅσσον μελέεσσιν ἀμείνων ,
Ἤριννα Σαπφοῦς τόσσον ἐν ἑξαμέτροις .

This is the Lesbian honeycomb of Erinna , and
though it be small , it is all infused with honey by
the Muses . Her three hundred lines are equal to
Homer , though she was but a child of nineteen
years . Either plying her spindle in fear of her
mother , or at the loom , she stood occupied in the
service of the Muses . As much as Sappho excels
Erinna in lyrics , so much does Erinna excel Sappho
in hexameters .

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