Epigram 9.542

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θάρσει καὶ τέτταρσι διαπλασθέντα προσώποις
μῦθον καὶ τούτων γράψαι ἔτι πλέοσιν
οὔτε σὲ γὰρ λείψουσι, Φιλωνίδη, οὔτε Βάθυλλον,
τὸν μὲν ἀοιδάων, τὸν δὲ χερῶν χάριτες.

— Paton edition

Never fear, Philonides ; write a piece composed
for four parts or even more ; for neither your singing
nor the motions of Bathyllus' hands shall be lacking
in grace.¹

— Paton edition

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Paton Edition: 1 Bathyllus was a celebrated pantomime-dancer. Philonides, it would seem, sung his pieces himself. In these pieces one singer and one dancer took all the different parts, which, of course, were played one after the other.

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