Epigram 9.550

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κλεινὴν οὐκ ἀπόφημι: σὲ γὰρ προπάροιθεν ἔθηκαν
κλῄζεσθαι πτηνοί, Τῆνε, Βορηιάδαι.
ἀλλὰ καὶ Ὀρτυγίην εἶχε κλέος, οὔνομα δ᾽ αὐτῆς
ἤρχετο Ῥιπαίων ἄχρις Ὑπερβορέων.

νῦν δὲ σὺ μὲν ζώεις, ἡ δ᾽ οὐκέτι: τίς κεν ἐώλπει
ὄψεσθαι Τήνου Δῆλον ἐρημοτέρην;

— Paton edition

I say not, Tenos, that thou art not famous, for of
old the winged sons of Boreas¹ got thee renown.
But Ortygia was celebrated too, and her name reached
to the Rhipaean Hyperboreans. But now thou livest
and she is dead. Who would have expected to see
Delos more desert than Tenos ?²

— Paton edition

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Paton Edition: 1 Zetes and Calais, slain in Tenos by Heracles.

2 For the desert condition of Delos, see No. 408. Ortygia was an old name of the island. For the story of the annual first-fruits brought to Delos by the Hyperboreans see Herodotus iv. 33.

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