Epigram 9.323

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Codex Palatinus 23, p.410
Codex Palatinus 23, p.411

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τίς θέτο μαρμαίροντα βοάγρια; τίς δ᾽ ἀφόρυκτα
δούρατα, καὶ ταύτας ἀρραγέας κόρυθας,
ἀγκρεμάσας Ἄρηι μιάστορι κόσμον ἄκοσμον;
οὐκ ἀπ᾽ ἐμῶν ῥίψει ταῦτά τις ὅπλα δόμων;

ἀπτολέμων τάδ᾽ ἔοικεν ἐν οἰνοπλῆξι τεράμνοις
πλάθειν, οὐ θριγκῶν ἐντὸς Ἐνυαλίου.
σκῦλά μοι ἀμφίδρυπτα, καὶ ὀλλυμένων ἅδε λύθρος
ἀνδρῶν, εἴπερ ἔφυν ὁ βροτολοιγὸς Ἄρης.

— Paton edition

Who hung here these glittering shields, these un-
stained spears and unbroken helmets, dedicating to
murderous Ares ornaments that are no ornaments ?
Will no one cast these weapons out of my house ?
Their place is in the wassailing halls of unwarlike
men, not within the walls of Enyalius. I delight in
hacked trophies and the blood of dying men, if,
indeed, I am Ares the Destroyer.

— Paton edition

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