Epigram 9.475

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What Helen would say on seeing the Combat between Paris and Menelaus

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Εὐρώπης Ἀσίης τε δορισθενέες βασιλῆες,
ὑμῖν ἀμφοτέροισιν ἐπὶ ξυροῦ ἵσταται ἀκμῆς,
τίς κεν ἐμὲ τλήθυμος ἕλοι δύστηνον ἀκοίτης:
Ζεὺς δὲ πατὴρ δικάσειεν, ἄνευθε δὲ Κυπρογενείης,

μὴ πάλιν ἄλλος ἕλῃ με γαμοκλόπος, αἶσχος Ἀχαιοῖς.

— Paton edition

Ye warlike kings of Europe and Asia, for both of
you it stands upon a razor's edge, which of you long-
suffering men shall take unhappy me to wife. Let
Father Zeus decide, but without Aphrodite's help,
lest another thief of wedded women steal me, a
disgrace to Greece.

— Paton edition

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Paton Edition: 1 See Il. iii. 324 seq.

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