Epigram 9.94

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Πούλυπον ἀγρεύσας ποτὲ Τύννιχος, ἐξ ἁλὸς εἰς γῆν
ἔρριψεν, δείσας θηρὸς ἱμαντοπέδην.

ἀλλ᾽ ὃ γ᾽ ἐφ᾽ ὑπνώοντα πεσὼν συνέδησε λαγωόν,
φεῦ, τάχα θηρευτὰς ἄρτι φυγόντα κύνας.

ἀγρευθεὶς ἤγρευσεν: ὁ δ᾽ εἰς ἅλα Τύννιχος ἰχθὺν
ἧκε πάλιν ζωόν, λύτρα λαγωὸν ἔχων.

— Paton edition

Tynnichus once caught an octopus and threw it from the sea on to the land, fearing to be enchained by the creature's tentacles. But it fell on and twined itself round a sleeping hare that, poor thing, had just escaped from the hounds. The captive became captor, and Tynnichus threw the octopus back alive into the sea, taking the hare as its ransom.

— Paton edition

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'Taking the hare as its ransom': cp. No. 14.

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