Epigram 9.740

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713-742 are all on Myron's celebrated Statue of a Heifer. It stood originally in the Agora at Athens, but was transferred to the Temple of Peace at Rome.

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ἡ βάσις ἡ κατέχουσα τὸ βοίδιον, ᾗ πεπέδηται:
ἢν δ᾽ ἀφεθῇ ταύτης, φεύξεται εἰς ἀγέλην.

μυκᾶται γὰρ ὁ χαλκός: ἴδ᾽ ὡς ἔμπνουν ὁ τεχνίτας
θήκατο: κἂν ζεύξῃς ἄλλον, ἴσως ἀρόσει.

— Paton edition

It is the base to which it is attached that keeps
back the heifer, and if freed from this it will run off
to the herd. For the bronze lows. See how much
alive the artist made it. If you yoke a fellow to it,
perhaps it will plough.

— Paton edition

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