Epigram 9.459

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What Achilles would say on seeing Ulysses in Hades

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ἀτρεκέως πάντων πολυμήχανός ἐστιν Ὀδυσσεύς
ζωὸς ἐὼν ἐνόησεν ἃ μὴ θέμις ἐστὶν ἰδέσθαι,
νερτέριον κευθμῶνα καὶ ἄλγεα πικρὰ θανόντων.
πῶς δ᾽ ἔτλη προλιπεῖν ἱερὸν φάος; ἢ τίς ἀνάγκη

ἤγαγεν οὐκ ἐθέλοντα; δόλων ἀκόρητος ἐτύχθη
ἐν χθονὶ καὶ πελάγεσσι καὶ ἐν νεκύεσσιν Ὀδυσσεύς.

— Paton edition

Of a truth Odysseus is the most resourceful of
men. Alive he looks on what it is not allowed to
see, the infernal recesses and the bitter pains of the
dead. How did he venture to leave the holy light?
Did some necessity bring him here against his will ?
Odysseus never has his fill of cunning devices on
earth, on the sea, and among the dead.

— Paton edition

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