Epigram 9.578

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On the Conic Sections of Apollonius

Codex Palatinus 23, p.455


ὧν ἥδε βίβλος ἔνδον ὠδίνω, φίλε,
βαθὺς χαρακτὴρ καὶ περισκελὴς ἄγαν:
δεῖται κολυμβητοῦ δὲ πάντως Δηλίου.
εἰ δ᾽ αὖ κυβιστήσει τις εἰς ἐμοὺς μυχοὺς

καὶ πᾶν μεταλλεύσειεν ἀκριβῶς βάθος,
γεωμετρῶν τὰ πρῶτα λήψεται γέρα,
σοφὸς δ᾽ ἀναμφίλεκτος εἰσκριθήσεται.
τούτων δὲ μάρτυς ἐγγυητής τε Πλάτων:

— Paton edition

Deep, reader, and exceeding hard is the character
of the things wherewith this book is big, and it has
every need of a Delian diver.¹ But if one dive into
its depths and investigate accurately every recess,
he shall gain the first prize in geometry, and be pro-
nounced indisputably a learned man. Plato is witness
and security for this.²

— Paton edition




Paton Edition: 1 A proverb used of anything very difficult.

2 By his insistence on the study of geometry.


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