Epigram 9.470

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What Achilles would say to reconcile Ajax with Ulysses

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τί ἂν εἴποι Ἀχιλλεὺς πρὸς τὸν Αἴαντα φιλιωθῆναι
οὐ θέμις ἐν φθιμένοισιν ἔχειν κότον ἄλγεα γαίης
καλλείψας ἀγάπαζε τεὸν φίλον οὐ γὰρ Ὀδυσσεὺς

ἤλιτεν εἰς σὲ θέλων, βριαρὴ δὲ ς1᾽ ἔπεφνεν Ἀθήνη,

Ζεύς τε πατήρ, καὶ Μοῖρα, καὶ ἠεροφοῖτις Ἐρινύς.
αἴθε δὲ τεύχεα ῥῖψεν ἐς ἁλμυρὰ βένθεα πόντου
δῖα Θέτις, καὶ νεῖκος ἀπέσβεσε σεῖο μενοινῆς.

— Paton edition

It is not permitted to nourish ill-will among the
dead. Now thou hast escaped the sorrows of earth,
love thy friend ; for Odysseus did not sin against
thee of his own will, but the strong hand of Athena
killed thee, and Father Zeus, and Fate, and the
Erinys that walks in darkness. Would that divine
Thetis had east the armour into the salt depths of
the sea, stilling the strife of thy heart.

— Paton edition

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