Monday, April 08, 2019


Epitaph of the Corinthians Who Died at Salamis

Simonides, Epigram 11 = Inscriptiones Graecae I³ 1143 (tr. David A. Campbell):
Stranger, once we lived in the well-watered city of Corinth,
    but now Salamis, the island of Ajax, holds us;
here we destroyed Phoenician ships and Persians
    and Medes and saved holy Greece.

ὦ ξεῖν᾿, εὔυδρόν ποκ᾿ ἐναίομες ἄστυ Κορίνθου,
    νῦν δ᾿ ἅμ᾿ Αἴαντος νᾶσος ἔχει Σαλαμίς·
ἐνθάδε Φοινίσσας νᾶας καὶ Πέρσας ἑλόντες
    καὶ Μήδους ἱαρὰν Ἑλλάδα ῥυσάμεθα.
See Andrej Petrovic, Kommentar zu den simonideischen Versinschriften (Leiden: Brill, 2007), pp. 144-157.

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