Greek Anthology


Οὔτ᾿ ἀπὸ Μεσσάνας, οὔτ᾿ Ἀργόθεν εἰμὶ παλαιστάς· Σπάρτα μοι Σπάρτα κυδιάνειρα πατρίς. κεῖνοι τεχνάεντες· ἐγώ γε μέν, ὡς ἐπέοικε τοῖς Λακεδαιμονίων παισί, βίᾳ κρατέω.


Γνῶθι Θεόγνητον προσιδών, τὸν Ὀλυμπιονίκαν παῖδα, παλαισμοσύνας δεξιὸν ἡνίοχον, κάλλιστον μὲν ἰδεῖν, ἀθλεῖν δ᾿ οὐ χείρονα μορφῆς, ὃς πατέρων ἀγαθῶν ἐστεφάνωσε πόλιν.


Ἴσθμια καὶ Πυθοῖ Διοφῶν ὁ Φίλωνος ἐνίκα, ἅλμα, ποδωκείην, δίσκον, ἄκοντα, πάλην.


Book XVI

Book XVI

Epigrams of the Planudean Anthology Not in the Palatine Manuscript

From Book I


I am no wrestler from Messene or from Argos; Sparta, Sparta famous for her men, is my country. Those others are skilled in the art, but I, as becomes the boys of Lacedaemon, prevail by strength.


Know Theognetus when thou lookest on him, the boy who conquered at Olympia, the dexterous charioteer of wrestling,1 most lovely to behold, but in combat nowise inferior to his beauty. He won a crown for the city of his noble fathers.2

3.—By the Same

Diophon, the son of Philo, was victor at the Isthmian and Pythian games in jumping, fleetness of foot, throwing the quoit, throwing the javelin, and wrestling.3

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.greek_anthology_16.1918