Epigram 9.311

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Codex Palatinus 23, p.408

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ὠκείαις ἐλάφοισι κύων ἰσάμιλλα δραμοῦσα
ἔγκυος ἡλκώθη παιδοπόρον γένεσιν

πᾶσα δὲ συγκατέμυσε κατουλωθεῖσα χρόνοισιν,
ἤδη δ᾽ ἡ τοκετῶν ὥριος ἦν βάσανος:

πολλὰ δ᾽ ἐπωρύουσαν ἀνὴρ ἐσιδηροτόμησεν,
καὶ σκύλακες φίλιοι νηδύος ἐξέθορον.
Ἀρτέμιδος λέλυται λοχίων χάρις: ἔμπαλι δ᾽ Ἄρης
ἦρκται μαιοῦσθαι γαστέρα θηλυτέραις,

— Paton edition

A bitch, that vied in swiftness with the deer, was
wounded, when heavy with young, in her generative
organs. The scab of the wound in a short time
entirely closed the orifice, and the pains of labour
were at hand. But a man operated on her, terribly
though she howled, and the dear little ones leapt
forth from her womb. The gracious aid of Artemis
in labour is a thing of the past, and Ares, on the
other hand, has begun to practise midwifery.

— Paton edition

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