Epigram 9.766

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On a Mosquito Net

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πλέγμασι μὲν σκοπός ἐστι περισφίγξαι πετεηνῶν
ἔθνεα καὶ ταχινοὺς ἔνδοθεν ὀρταλίχους:
αὐτὰρ ἐγὼ σεύειν ἐπιτέρπομαι, οὐδὲ καλύπτω
ἔνδοθεν, ἀλλ᾽ εἴργω μᾶλλον ἐπειγομένους.

οὐδέ μέ τις λήσειε, καὶ εἰ βραχὺς ἔπλετο, κώνωψ
ἡμετέρης διαδὺς πλέγμα λινοστασίης.
ὄρνεά που σῴζω: μερόπεσσι δὲ λέκτρα φυλάσσω.
ἦ ῥά τις ἡμείων ἐστὶ δικαιότερος;

— Paton edition

It is the office of nets to surround the winged
tribes and enclose their quick brood ; but I take
pleasure in chasing them away and do not cover them
round, but rather keep them off when they attack.
Not a single mosquito, however small, will manage
to get through the fabric of my net. One may say
that I save from death the winged creatures while
I guard the beds of men. Can anyone be more
righteous than I am?

— Paton edition

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