αὐτὸς ὁ Μῶμος ἔγραφεν ἐν τοίχοις “ὁ Κρόνος ἐστὶ σοφός.” ἠνίδε κοἰ κόρακες τεγέων ἔπι “κοῖα συνῆπται” κρώζουσιν καὶ “κῶς αὖθι γενησόμεθα.”394
θεὸς δέ οἱ ἱερὸς ὕκης398
Λύδη καὶ παχὺ γράμμα καὶ οὐ τορόν
- 2σοφός cod.: καλός v.l.
- 3κου codd.: κοἰ Wil.: καὶ Fabricius.
Fragments of Epigrams393 394
. . . the sacred hykesa (was?) a god to him.398
. . . the Lydea (is) a fat and inelegant book.
- aMomos, the personification of reproach.
- bJust as lovers used to write the names of their favourites on walls, accompanied by the adjective kalos (beautiful), so here even Momos praises Diodorus, and calls him “wise.”
- cCronos was the nickname of Diodorus, son of Aminias, from Iasos, one of the later philosophers of the Megarian school. The nickname indicated “an old fogey.”
- aThe elegy written by Antimachus of Colophon (born
- dThe epigram implies that his doctrines were so current that even the crows on the roofs discussed them.
- eThis refers to the classification of sentences or propositions into simple (ἁπλᾶ), and adjunct (συνημμένα) and complex (συμπεπλεγμένα). An adjunct sentence (κοῖα συνῆπται) is, e.g.: “If it is daytime, there must be light.”
- fThis refers to Diodorus’ argument for immortality, which was connected with the denial of the possibility of motion.
- aA sea fish, possibly the red mullet or the rainbow-wrasse. Cf. fr. 378.
- ac. 444 b.c.) on the Lydian girl he loved, which was greatly admired by the opponents of the Callimachean school.