Epigram 9.555

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On the Island of Sybota

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νῆσον τήν, εἰ καί με περιγράψαντες † ἔχουσιν
μετρῆσαι, βαιήν, ἑπτὰ μόνον σταδίους,
ἔμπης καὶ τίκτουσαν ἐπ᾽ αὔλακα πῖαρ ἀρότρου
ὄψει, καὶ παντὸς κάρπιμον ἀκροδρύου,
καὶ πολλοῖς εὔαγρον ὑπ᾽ ἰχθύσι, καὶ ὑπὸ μαίρῃ
εὐάνεμον, λιμένων τ᾽ ἤπιον ἀτρεμίῃ,
ἀγχόθι Κορκύρης Φαιηκίδος. ἀλλὰ γελᾶσθαι
† τῷ ἔπ᾽ ἐωρίσθην, τοῦτ᾽ ἐθέμην ὄνομα.

— Paton edition

I am an island, small, seven stadia long, though
the geographers neglected (?) to measure me ; but
still you will see that when I am ploughed I give
birth to fat crops, and that I am rich in every kind
of fruit, and have plenty of fish to catch, and cool
breezes in the dog-days, and the gentleness of un-
ruffled harbours. I am near Phaeacian Corcyra. So
that I might be made fun of, I took this name of
which I am highly proud.

— Paton edition

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Scholia

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Paton Edition notes on Description: Pig-pasture.

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