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Boίδιον, ο χοάνοις τετυπωμδύον, αλλ' υπο

gnews Χαλκωθεν, σφετέρη ψεύσατο χειρί Μύρων.

E II ITP.

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Ageledes. He Aourish'd, according to Pliny, in the 87th Olympiad ; therefore if we allow Pliny's Calculation, this Epigram and the subsequent one must belong to some other Author than Anacreon, tho' they are both of them attributed to him by the Anthologia. Myron was the most celebrated Artist of his Time. Petronius 1peaking of him fays, Penè hominum animas ferarum9:e ære comprehenderat.

" He had almost found the " Art to enclose the Souls of Men and Beasts in Brass.

* Amongst the many beautiful Epigrams which have been compos’d upon this Cow of Myron's, the following from Ausonius deferves particular Commendation.

Eucula fum cælo genitoris facta Myronis

Ærea; nec factam me puto, fed genitam.
Sic me Taurus init ; fic proxima bucula mugit,

Sic vitula ftiens ubera noftra petit.

Miraris

E P I GR.

VI.

* ON THE

SA M E.

THIS beauteous Cow which wond’ring you behold,

Was harden'd into Brass by Age ;
Not form’d by Myron's animating Mold,

Who falsely would our Praise engage.

EPIGR.

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Miraris quod fallo gregem ? gregis ipse Magister

Inter pafcentes me numerare folet.

Tho' Myron boaft my fair Creation's Fame,
From genial Nature, not from Art I came.
The am'rous Bull's Ascent this Truth avows ;
Approaching me the conscious Heifer lows;
The eager Calf my ftrutting Dug believes.
Nor wonder thus my Form the Herd deceives!
The Master's Self can no Distinction find,
But numbers me amongst the milky Kind.

Propertius tells us that there were four of these Cows made by Myron.

Atque aram circum fteterant armenta Myronis,

Quatuor artificis vivida signa boves,

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Εις συμπότας. Ου φίλG, ός κρητήρι ολα σλέω οινοπα

ταζων, Νίκεα και πόλεμον δακρυόενία λέγα 'Αλλ' όςις Μασέων τε, και αγλαα δωρ' 'Α

Φροδίτης
Συμμίσγων, έeατης μνήσκεθ διφeoσμύης.

Ε Π Ι Γ Ρ.

* Horace introduces Chiron expressing the fame Sentiment. . Illic omne malum vino cantuque levato,

Deformis ægrimoniæ

Dulcibus alloquiis.
Therefore, great Son, my Precepts hear;

Let Mirth, and Wine, and Sport,
nd

merry Talk divert thy Care, And make Life pleasant, fince 'tis short. Creech.

Ep. 13.

Thole

E P I GR.

VII.

WHAT COMPANY HE WOULD

CHUSE.

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HE's not my Taste, who o'er the sprightly Bowl,
With Tales of War untunes the mirthful Soul ;
* But he who courts the Ear, and charms the Mind,
With golden Venus to the Mufes join'd.

EPIGR.

Those Epigrams which follow were collected by Barnes, and first added to his Edition of our Poet; the first Five upon the Authority of a Manuscript Anthologia at Paris, and the rest upon the Credit of a Heidelberg Manuscript. Some of them are probably Anacreon's, and fome not.

* Pausanias

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Ανάθημα του Δί, αα Φιδόλα,

'Ανακρέον76.. ΟύτG. Φειδόλα ίππG-, απδύρυχόesιο Κο

ρίνθο, "ΑκαΚρονίδη μνήμα ποδών αρετής. .

Ε Π Ι Γ Ρ. Θ'.
Τα 'Απόλλωνι, αβα Ναυκράτες,

T8 αυτ8.

Πρόφρων, αργυρότοξε, δίδα χάριν Αιγύλο

υιω, Ναυκράτει, δίχωλας τάσδ' οδεξάμυς.

Ε Π ΙΓ Ρ.

* Pausanias, Eliac. L. 2. c. 13. mentions this Mare of Phidola's, and tells us, that she won the Race herself, after her Driver was thrown. He fixes this Victory to have happen'd in the 68th Olympiad, according to which Account this Distich might very well be wrote by our Author,

+ The

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