Epigram 9.543

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Θεσσαλίης εὔιππος ὁ ταυρελάτης χορὸς ἀνδρῶν,
χερσὶν ἀτευχήτοις θηρσὶν ὁπλιζόμενος,
κεντροτυπεῖς πώλους ζεῦξε σκιρτήματι ταύρων,
ἀμφιβαλεῖν σπεύδων πλέγμα μετωπίδιον:

ἀκρότατον δ᾽ ἐς γῆν κλίνας ἅμα κεὔροπον ἅμμα
θηρὸς τὴν τόσσην ἐξεκύλισε βίην.

— Paton edition

The well-mounted troupe of bull-fighters from
Thessaly, armed against the beasts with no weapons
but their hands, spur their horses to run alongside
the galloping bull, bent on throwing round its neck
the noose of their arms. At the same time pulling
it towards the ground by thus hanging themselves
at the end of its neck and weighing down its head,
they roll over even such a powerful brute.¹

— Paton edition





Paton Edition: 1 It is implied, of course, that the man throws himself off his horse. In Heliodorus (x. 30) the man is described as throwing his arms round the bull's neck and burying his face between its horns, and this seems to be what is meant here.


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