Epigram 9.441

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On a Statue of Heracles

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τὸν Διὸς ἐν τριόδοισιν ἐθαύμασα χάλκεον υἷα,
τὸν πρὶν ἐν εὐχωλαῖς, νῦν παραριπτόμενον.
ὀχθήσας δ᾽ ἄρ᾽ ἔειπον
Ἀλεξίκακε τρισέληνε,

μηδέποθ᾽ ἡττηθείς, σήμερον ἐξετάθης.


νυκτὶ δὲ μειδιόων με θεὸς προσέειπε παραστάς:

καιρῷ δουλεύειν καὶ θεὸς ὢν ἔμαθον.

— Paton edition

I marvelled seeing at the cross-roads Jove's brazen
son, once constantly invoked, now cast aside, and in
wrath I said : " Averter of woes, offspring of three
nights, thou, who never didst suffer defeat, art to-day
laid low." But at night the god stood by my bed
smiling, and said : " Even though I am a god I have
learnt to serve the times.

— Paton edition

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Paton Edition notes on Description: 1 The statue had doubtless been cast down by the Christians.

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