Epigram 9.642

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On a Latrine in the Suburbs of Smyrna

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πᾶν τὸ βροτῶν σπατάλημα, καὶ ἡ πολύολβος ἐδωδὴ
ἐνθάδε κρινομένη τὴν πρὶν ὄλεσσε χάριν.
οἱ γὰρ φασιανοί τε καὶ ἰχθύες, αἳ θ᾽ ὑπὲρ ἴγδιν
τρίψιες, ἥ τε τόση βρωματομιξαπάτη

γίνεται ἐνθάδε κόπρος: ἀποσσεύει δ᾽ ἄρα γαστὴρ
ὁππόσα πειναλέη δέξατο λαυκανίη.
ὀψὲ δὲ γινώσκει τις, ὅτ᾽ ἄφρονα μῆτιν ἀείρων
χρυσοῦ τοσσατίου τὴν κόνιν ἐπρίατο,

— Paton edition

All the extravagance of mortals and their expen-
sive dishes excreted here have lost their previous
charm. The pheasants and fishes, and the mixtures
pounded in the mortar, and all that variety of kick-
shaws, become here dung. The belly rids itself of
all that the ravenous gullet took in, and at length a
man sees that in the pride of his foolish heart he
spent so much gold on nothing but dust.

— Paton edition

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