Type 3245
(formerly typ/1381)

Θουκυδίδης δ’ ἐλέλιζεν ἑὸν νόον· ἦν δὲ νοῆσαι
οἷά περ ἱστορίης δημηγόρον ἦθος ὑφαίνων·
δεξιτερὴν γὰρ ἀνέσχε μετάρσιον, ὡς πρὶν ἀείδων
Σπάρτης πικρὸν Ἄρηα καὶ αὐτῶν Κεκροπιδάων
Ἑλλάδος ἀμητῆρα πολυθρέπτοιο τιθήνης.
Text source H. Beckby, 1965, Anthologia Graeca. I-VI (vol. 1), München: 208-209
Text status Text completely known
Editorial status Critical text
Genre(s)
Person(s)
Poet
Christodoros of Koptos < Egypt
Metre(s) Dactylic hexameter
Subject(s)
Tag(s)
Translation(s)
  • 'Thucydides was wielding his intellect, weaving, as it seemed, the rhetorical character of his history. His right hand was raised, as he once sang the bitter war of Sparta and the sons of Cecrops - a war that cut down the nurse who had raised Greece to its height'.
    Language
    English
    Source(s)
    W. Paton, M. Tueller, 2014, The Greek Anthology. Books 1-5 (vol. 1), Cambridge: 139
  • Thucydide avait l'esprit tendu et en éveil; on eût dit, à le voir, qu'il tissait l' «ithos» des discours qu'il a insérés dans son histoire. Il tenait la main droite levée, comme jadis lorsqu'il chantait l'âpre lutte de Sparte contre les illustres descendants de Cécrops, lutte qui moissonna la jeunesse florissante que nourrissait la Grèce.
    Language
    French
    Source(s)
    P. Waltz, 1928, Anthologie Grecque. Tome I: Anthologie palatine, Livres I-IV (vol. 1), Paris: 77
  • 'Tief in Sinnen versenkt war Thukydides; deutlich erkennbar
    spann er Charakter und Haltung der Reden in seinem Geschichtswerk.
    Hob er die Rechte doch hoch wie damals, als er den harten,
    bitteren Krieg zwischen Sparta und Kekrops' Bürgern besungen,
    der die blühende Jugend der Mutter Hellas gemäht hat'.
    Language
    German
    Source(s)
    H. Beckby, 1965, Anthologia Graeca. I-VI (vol. 1), München: 209
Comment This epigram is part of a larger poem written by Christodoros of Koptos, but Vassis (2005: 349) cites another author, who possibly excerpted this poem.
Bibliography
Number of verses 5
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Acknowledgements
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Last modified: 2021-07-05.