Epigram 9.360

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Codex Palatinus 23, p.416


παντοίην βιότοιο τάμοις τρίβον εἰν ἀγορῇ μὲν
κύδεα καὶ πινυταὶ πρήξιες: ἐν δὲ δόμοις
ἄμπαυμ᾽ ἐν δ᾽ ἀγροῖς φύσιος χάρις: ἐν δὲ θαλάσσῃ
κέρδος. ἐπὶ ξείνης, ἢν μὲν ἔχῃς τι, κλέος:

ἢν δ᾽ ἀπορῇς, μόνος οἶδας. ἔχεις γάμον; οἶκος ἄριστος
ἔσσεται: οὐ γαμέεις; ζῇς ἔτ᾽ ἐλαφρότερος.

τέκνα πόθος, ἄφροντις ἄπαις βίος: αἱ νεότητες
ῥωμαλέαι, πολιαὶ δ᾽ ἔμπαλιν εὐσεβέες.
οὐκ ἄρα τῶν δισσῶν ἑνὸς αἵρεσις, ἢ τὸ γενέσθαι

μηδέποτ᾽, ἢ τὸ θανεῖν πάντα γὰρ ἐσθλὰ βίῳ.

— Paton edition

Pursue every path of life. In the market place are
honours and prudent dealings, at home rest ; in the
country the charm of nature, and at sea profit ; in a
foreign country, if you have any possessions, there is
fame, and if you are in want no one knows it but your-
self. Are you married ? Your house will be the best
of houses. Do you remain unmarried ? Your life is
yet lighter. Children are darlings ; a childless life is
free from care. Youth is strong, and old age again
is pious. Therefore there is no choice between two
things, either not to be born or to die ; for all in life
is excellent.

— Paton edition





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