Epigram 9.768

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On the same Draught-board

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παίγνια μὲν τάδε πάντα: τύχης δ᾽ ἑτερότροπος ὁρμὴ
ταῖς ἀλόγοις ταύταις ἐμφέρεται βολίσιν
καὶ βροτέου βιότου σφαλερὸν μίμημα νοήσεις,
νῦν μὲν ὑπερβάλλων, νῦν δ᾽ ἀπολειπόμενος.

αἰνέομεν δὴ κεῖνον, ὃς ἐν βιότῳ τε κύβῳ τε
χάρματι καὶ λύπῃ μέτρον ἐφηρμόσατο.

— Paton edition

These things are all play. The shifting current of
Fortune is pictured in these unreasoning dice, and,
now a winner, now a loser, you will perceive in them
the unstable image of mortal life. We praise him
who in life and in play imposes a limit on his joy
and grief.

— Paton edition

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