Epigram 9.368

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On Beer

Codex Palatinus 23, p.419
Codex Palatinus 23, p.420


τίς πόθεν εἶς Διόνυσε; μὰ γὰρ τὸν ἀληθέα Βάκχον,
οὔ ς1᾽ ἐπιγιγνώσκω: τὸν Διὸς οἶδα μόνον.
κεῖνος νέκταρ ὄδωδε: σὺ δὲ τράγου. ἦ ῥά σε Κελτοὶ
τῇ πενίᾐ βοτρύων τεῦξαν ἀπ᾽ ἀσταχύων.

τῷ σε χρὴ καλέειν Δημήτριον, οὐ Διόνυσον,
πυρογενῆ μᾶλλον καὶ Βρόμον, οὐ Βρόμιον:

— Paton edition

Who and whence art thou, Dionysus ? For, by
the true Bacchus, I know thee not : I know only
the son of Zeus. He smells of nectar, but thou of
billy-goat. Did the Celts for lack of grapes make
thee out of corn ? Then thou shouldst be called
Demetrius, not Dionysus, being born of corn, rather
than of the fire, and Bromus¹ rather than Bromius.

— Paton edition




Paton Edition: 1 "Bromus" is the Greek for oats ; Bromius is a common title of Dionysus, derived probably from " bromus " = noise


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