Philostratus the Elder, Letters

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Philostratus

ΦΙΛΟΣΤΡΑΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΣΤΟΛΑΙ ΕΡΩΤΙΚΑΙ1

1 [29] [Μειρακίῳ2]

Τὰ ῥόδα ὥσπερ πτεροῖς τοῖς φύλλοις ἐποχούμενα ἐλθεῖν παρὰ σὲ σπουδὴν ἐποιήσατο.3 ὑπόδεξαι αὐτὰ εὐμενῶς, ἢ ὡς Ἀδώνιδος ὑπομνήματα ἢ ὡς Ἀφροδίτης βαφὴν ἢ ὡς γῆς ὄμματα. ἀθλητῇ μὲν οὖν κότινος πρέπει καὶ βασιλεῖ μεγάλῳ ὀρθὴ ἡ4 τιάρα καὶ στρατιώτῃ λόφος, καλῷ δὲ μειρακίῳ

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Philostratus

Love Letters of Philostratus

Letter 1 [29] To a Boy

The roses, borne on their leaves as on wings, have made haste to come to you. Receive them kindly, either as mementos of Adonisa or as tinct of Aphroditêb or as eyesc of the earth. Yes, a wreath of wild olive becomes an athlete, a tiara worn upright the Great King,d and a helmet crest a soldier; but roses become a beautiful boy, both because of

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.philostratus_elder-letters.1949