Epigram 9.424

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ἠέριαι νεφέλαι, πόθεν ὕδατα πικρὰ πιοῦσαι
νυκτὶ σὺν ἀστεμφεῖ πάντα κατεκλύσατε;
οὐ Λιβύης, Ἐφέσου δὲ τὰ μυρία κεῖνα ταλαίνης
αὔλια καὶ μακάρων ἐξ ἐτέων κτέανα,


ποῦ δὲ σαωτῆρες τότε δαίμονες ἔτραπον ὄμμα;
αἰαῖ τὴν Ἰάδων πολλὸν ἀοιδοτάτην.
κεῖνα δὲ κύμασι πάντα κυλινδομένοισιν ὁμοῖα
εἰς ἅλα σὺν ποταμοῖς ἔδραμε πεπταμένοις.

— Paton edition

Clouds of the heavens, whence drunk ye bitter
waters, and in league with unbroken night deluged
all ? This is not Libya, these countless dwellings and
the wealth of many prosperous years, but unhappy
Ephesus.¹ Whither, then, were the eyes of the Saving
deities turned ? Alas for the most besung of all
Ionian cities ! All, like rolling waves, has been swept
to sea by the floods.

— Paton edition

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Paton Edition: 1 The destruction of old Ephesus by flood took place in the reign of Lysimachus (circ. 290 B.C.)

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