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BOOK V

ΕΠΙΓΡΑΜΜΑΤΑ ΕΡΩΤΙΚΑ ΔΙΑΦΟΡΩΝ ΠΟΙΗΤΩΝ

1 ⟨ΚΕΦΑΛΟΥ⟩

φεύγετε, νέοι, παῖδα Κυθήρης, τοξοβόλον Ἔρωτα

νέοις ἀνάπτων καρδίας σοφὴν ζέσιν, ἀρχὴν Ἔρωτα τῶν λόγων ποιήσομαι· πυρσὸν γὰρ οὗτος ἐξανάπτει τοῖς λόγοις.

3 λόγοις ex νέοις P

2 Εἰς Σθενελαΐδα τὴν ἑταίραν

Τὴν καταφλεξίπολιν Σθενελαΐδα τὴν βαρύμισθον, τὴν τοῖς βοσκομένοις χρυσὸν ἐρευγομένην, γυμνήν μοι διὰ νυκτὸς ὅλης παρέκλινεν ὄνειρος ἄχρι φίλης ἠοῦς προῖκα χαριζομένην. 5οὐκέτι γουνάσομαι τὴν βάρβαρον οὐδ᾽ ἐπ᾽ ἐμαυτῷ κλαύσομαι, ὕπνον ἔχων κεῖνα χαριζόμενον.

2 βοσκομένοις Gärtner βουλομένοις P Pl 6 κεῖνα P κεῖνο Pl
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EROTIC EPIGRAMS

EROTIC EPIGRAMS BY VARIOUS POETS

1 cephalas

Flee, youths, the son of Cythera,1 Love who shoots with the bow.

Firing the hearts of youths with learned fervor, I will begin my work with Love, for it is he who lights a torch with his words.

2 On the courtesan Sthenelaïs

Sthenelaïs set the town on fire, charged a high fee, and spewed forth gold for her keepers; yet a dream laid her naked by my side all night long until the sweet dawn, gratifying me for free. No longer shall I bend my knee to that barbarous woman, nor mourn for myself—I have sleep to give me that gratification.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.greek_anthology_5.2014