Epigram 9.581

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Descriptions

#1

On a Beast-fight in the Theatre (The words are put in the mouth of the Emperor)

Texts

τοξότα, Πιερίδων μεδέων, ἑκατηβόλε Φοῖβε,
εἰπὲ κασιγνήτῃ, κρατεροὺς ἵνα θῆρας ἐγείρῃ,
ὅσσον ἐπιψαῦσαι μερόπων δέμας, ὅσσον ἀῦσαι
λαῶν τερπομένων ἱερὸν στόμα: μηδὲ νοήσω,

Ζηνὸς Μειλιχίοιο λαχὼν θρόνον, ἀνέρος οἶτον

— Paton edition

Bowman, lord of the Muses, far-shooter Phoebus,
tell thy sister to arouse the mighty beasts just enough
for them to touch men's bodies lightly and make the
people cry out for pleasure in holy tones. Let me
not, who sit on the throne of Jove¹ the Merciful,
look upon a man's death.

— Paton edition

Cities

Scholia

Comment

#1

Paton Edition notes on description: Planudes says Leo.

1 i.e. God.

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