Epigram 9.752

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εἰμὶ Μέθη τὸ γλύμμα σοφῆς χερός, ἐν δ᾽ ἀμεθύστῳ
γέγλυμμαι: τέχνης δ᾽ ἡ λίθος ἀλλοτρίη.
ἀλλὰ Κλεοπάτρης ἱερὸν κτέαρ: ἐν γὰρ ἀνάσσης
χειρὶ θεὸν νήφειν καὶ μεθύουσαν ἔδει.

— Paton edition

I am Drunkenness, the work of a skilled hand, but
I am carved on the sober stone amethyst. The stone
is foreign to the work. But I am the sacred possess-
ion of Cleopatra : on the queen's hand even the
drunken goddess should be sober.

— Paton edition

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