Epigram 9.344

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Codex Palatinus 23, p.414

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ἦν ὁπότε γραμμαῖσιν ἐμὴν φρένα μοῦνον ἔτερπον,
οὐδ᾽ ὄναρ εὐγενέταις γνώριμος Ἰταλίδαις:
ἀλλὰ τανῦν πάντεσσιν ἐράσμιος: ὀψὲ γὰρ ἔγνων
ὁππόσον Οὐρανίην Καλλιόπη προφέρει.

— Paton edition

There was a time when I gave pleasure to myself
alone by lines, and was not known at all to noble
Romans. But now I am beloved by all, for late in
life I recognised how far Calliope excels Urania.¹

— Paton edition

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Paton Edition: 1 By " lines " in 1. 1 he means astronomical and geometrical figures. He has abandoned these for lines of verse, the Muse of Astronomy for the Muse of Poesy.

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