Epigram 9.423

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Σάρδιες αἱ τὸ πάλαι Γύγου πόλις, αἳ τ᾽ Ἀλυάττου
Σάρδιες, αἱ βασιλεῖ Περσὶς ἐν Ἀσιάδι,
αἳ χρυσῷ τὸ παλαιὸν ἐπλινθώσασθε μέλαθρον,
ὄλβον Πακτωλοῦ ῥεύματι δεξάμεναι:

νῦν δὴ ὅλαι δύστηνοι ἐς ἓν κακὸν ἁρπασθεῖσαι,
ἐς βυθὸν ἐξ ἀχανοῦς χάσματος ἠρίπετε,
Βοῦρα καὶ εἰς Ἑλίκην ^ κεκλυσμέναι: αἱ δ᾽ ἐνὶ χέρσῳ
Σάρδιες ἐμβυθίαις εἰς ἓν ἔκεισθε τέλος.

— Paton edition

Sardis, once the city of Gyges and Alyattes ; Sardis,
who wast for the great king a second Persia in
Anatolia ; thou who didst build thee of old time a
hall of golden bricks, winning wealth from the stream
of Pactolus ; now, ill-fated city, enveloped all of
thee in one disaster, thou hast fallen headlong into
the depths, swallowed by the fathomless cavern.¹
Bura and Helice² too were engulfed by the sea, but
thou, Sardis, the inland city, hast met with the same
end as these which rest in the deep.

— Paton edition

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Paton Edition: 1 For this earthquake see Tac. Ann. ii. 47.

2 Cities on the coast of Achaea.

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