Philostratus the Elder, Imagines 1.31. Xenia

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Philostratus: Imagines

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30(1) Καλὸν καὶ συκάσαι καὶ μηδὲ ταῦτα παρελθεῖν ἀφώνους. σῦκα μέλανα ὀπῷ λειβόμενα σεσώρευται μὲν ἐπὶ φύλλων ἀμπέλου, γέγραπται δὲ μετὰ τῶν τοῦ φλοιοῦ ῥηγμάτων. καὶ τὰ μὲν 339 K.ὑποκέχηνε παραπτύοντα τοῦ μέλιτος, τὰ δ᾿ ὑπὸ τῆς ὥρας οἷον ἔσχισται. πλησίον δὲ αὐτῶν ὄζος ἔρριπται μὰ Δί᾿ οὐκ ἀργὸς ἢ κενὸς τοῦ καρποῦ, σκιάζει δὲ καὶ σῦκα τὰ μὲν ὠμὰ καὶ 5ὀλύνθους ἔτι, τὰ δὲ ῥυσὰ καὶ ἔξωρα, τὰ δὲ ὑποσέσηπε2 παραφαίνοντα τοῦ χυμοῦ τὸ ἄνθος, τὸ δ᾿ ἐπ᾿ ἄκρῳ τοῦ ὄζου στρουθὸς διορώρυχεν, ἃ δὴ καὶ ἥδιστα σύκων δοκεῖ. (2) Καρύοις δὲ ἅπαν ἔστρωται τοὔδαφος, ὧν τὰ μὲν παρατέτριπται 10τοῦ ἐλύτρου, τὰ δὲ ἔγκειται μεμυκότα, τὰ δὲ παρεμφαίνει τὴν διαφυήν. ἀλλὰ καὶ ὄγχνας ἐπ᾿ ὄγχναις ὅρα καὶ μῆλα ἐπὶ μήλοις σωρούς τε αὐτῶν καὶ δεκάδας, εὐώδη πάντα καὶ ὑπόχρυσα. τὸ δὲ ἐν αὐτοῖς ἔρευθος οὐδὲ ἐπιβεβλῆσθαι φήσεις,

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Book I. 31

31. Xenia

It is a good thing to gather figs and also not to pass over in silence the figs in this picture. Purple figs dripping with juice are heaped on vine-leaves; and they are depicted with breaks in the skin, some just cracking open to disgorge their honey, some split apart, they are so ripe. Near them lies a branch, not bare, by Zeus, or empty of fruit, but under the shade of its leaves are figs, some still green and “untimely,”2 some with wrinkled skin and over-ripe, and some about to turn, disclosing the shining juice, while on the tip of the branch a sparrow buries its bill in what seems the very sweetest of the figs. All the ground is strewn with chestnuts, some of which are rubbed free of the burr, others lie quite shut up, and others show the burr breaking at the lines of division. See, too, the pears on pears, apples on apples, both heaps of them and piles of ten, all fragrant and golden. You will say that their redness has not

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.philostratus_elder-imagines_book_i_31_xenia.1931