Callimachus, Aetia

LCL 421: 4-5

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Callimachus

[ΑΙΤΙΩΝ Α΄]

1 (In Telchinas)

Οἶδ᾿ ὅτ]ι μοι Τελχῖνες ἐπιτρύζουσιν ἀοιδῇ, νήιδες οἳ Μούσης οὐκ ἐγένοντο φίλοι, εἵνεκεν οὐχ ἓν ἄεισμα διηνεκὲς ἢ βασιλ[η      ]ας ἐν πολλαῖς ἤνυσα χιλιάσιν 5ἢ      ]ους ἥρωας, ἔπος δ᾿ ἐπὶ τυτθὸν ἑλ[ίσσω παῖς ἅτε, τῶν δ᾿ ἐτέων ἡ δεκὰς οὐκ ὀλίγη.        ] καὶ Τελχῖσιν ἐγὼ τόδε· “φῦλον α[       ] τήκειν ἧπαρ ἐπιστάμενον,        ]εη [ὀλ]ιγόστιχος ἀλλὰ καθέλκει 10   ] πολὺ τὴν μακρὴν ὄμπνια Θεσμοφόρο[ς·

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Aetia

Aetia: Book I

l (Against the Telchines)

(I know that) the Telchines,a who are ignorant and no friends of the Muse, grumble at my poetry, because I did not accomplish one continuous poem of many thousands of lines on . . . kings or . . .5heroes, but like a child I roll forth a short tale, though the decades of my years are not few. And I (say) this to the Telchines: “. . . race, who know how to waste away your heart. . . . of few lines, but 10bountiful Demeterb by far outweighs the longc . . .,

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.callimachus-aetia.1973