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Reading at Random in Classical Literature

Hipponax, fr. 120 & 121

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Hipponax is alleged to have had a feud with a sculptor, Bupalus, who had produced an unflattering caricature of the poet. The following two fragments are often assumed to belong together:

λάβετέ μεο ταἰμάτια, κόψω Βουπάλῳ τὸν ὀφθαλμόν.

ἀμφιδέξιος γάρ εἰμι κοὐκ ἁμαρτάνω κόπτων.

Take my coat; I’m going to knock Bupalus’s eye out.

For I’m good with both fists and I don’t miss the target with my blows!

Written by aleatorclassicus

October 6, 2012 at 12:00 PM

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