Epigram 9.569

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From his books " On Nature " and " Purifications "

Codex Palatinus 23, p.453
Codex Palatinus 23, p.454


ἤδη γάρ ποτ᾽ ἐγὼ γενόμην κοῦρός τε κόρη τε,
θάμνος τ᾽, οἰωνός τε καὶ ἐξ ἁλὸς ἔμπυρος ἰχθῦς.
ὦ φίλοι, οἳ μέγα ἄστυ κατὰ ξανθοῦ Ἀκράγαντος
ναίετ᾽ ἀν᾽ ἄκρα πόλιος, ἀγαθῶν μελεδήμονες ἔργων, χαίρετ᾽

: ἐγὼ δ᾽ ὔμμιν θεὸς ἄμβροτος, οὐκέτι θνητός,
πωλεῦμαι μετὰ πᾶσι τετιμένος, ὥσπερ ἔοικεν,
ταινίαις τε περίστεπτος στέφεσίν τε θαλείοις,

— Paton edition

I have been a boy and a girl, a shrub, a bird, and
a warm-blooded fish of the sea.¹

Hail ! my friends who dwell in the citadel of the
great city, yellow Agrigentum, observers of righteous-
ness. Know that I, no longer a mortal, but an im-
mortal god, sojourn here honoured by all as is meet,
crowned with fillets and flowery garlands.

— Paton edition





Paton Edition: 1 Empedocles held the doctrine of metempsychosis.


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