Epigram 9.488

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τέρπης εὐφόρμιγγα κρέκων σκιάδεσσιν ἀοιδὰν
κάτθαν᾽ † ενοστησας ἐν Λακεδαιμονίοις,
οὐκ ἄορι πληγείς, οὐδ᾽ ἐν βέλει, ἀλλ᾽ ἐνὶ σύκῳ
χείλεα. φεῦ: προφάσεων οὐκ ἀπορεῖ θάνατος.

— Paton edition

Terpes,¹ harping beautifully at the Carneian feast
of tabernacles, died . . . among the Lacedaemonians,
not wounded by a sword or a missile, but by a fig
on the lips. Alas ! Death is never at a loss for
occasions.

— Paton edition

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#1

Paton Edition: 1 A citharoedus. Someone threw a fig into his mouth as he was singing, and this killed him.

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