Epigram 9.551

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Καλχαδὼν δύστηνον ἐρωδιὸν ἐχθρὰ κολάζει:
τεῦ χάριν ὁ προδότης ὄρνις ἀεὶ λέγεται,
† Φοῖβοσἐρεῖ: τεναγῖτιν ὅτ᾽ εἰς ἅλα κῶλον ἐλαφρὸν
στήσας, ψαμμίτην δόρπον [ ἐθημολόγει,


δυσμενέες τότ᾽ ἔβησαν ἐπὶ πτόλιν ἀντιπέρηθεν,
ὀψὲ διδασκόμενοι πεζοβατεῖν πέλαγος.
βάλλετε δὴ κακὸν ὄρνιν, ἐπεὶ βαρὺν ἤρατο μισθὸν
ἐκ δηίων, κόχλους καὶ βρύον, ὁ προδότης.

— Paton edition

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Paton Edition: The incident alluded to in this epigram is quite unknown, and the whole looks like a legend made up to account for the bad name this bird had at Chalcedon Such popular explanations of local superstitions are legion. The last couplet is, of course, playful and ironical.

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