Epigram 9.755

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On Scylla in Bronze

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εἰ μὴ χαλκὸς ἔλαμπεν, ἐμάνυε δ᾽ ἔργον ἄνακτος
ἔμμεναι Ἡφαίστου δαιδαλέοιο τέχνας,
αὐτὴν ἄν τις Σκύλλαν ὀίσσατο τηλόθι λεύσσων
ἑστάμεν, ἐκ πόντου γαῖαν ἀμειψαμέναν

τόσσον ἐπισσείει, τόσσον κότον ἀντία φαίνει,
οἷον ἀπὸ πελάγευς συγκλονέουσα νέας.

— Paton edition

Unless the bronze glistened and betrayed the
work to be a product of Hephaestus' cunning art,
one looking from afar would think that Scylla herself
stood here, transferred from sea to land, so threaten-
ing is her gesture, such wrath does she exhibit, as if
dashing ships to pieces in the sea!

— Paton edition

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Scholia

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