Tymnes: Epitaph For a Loved One (From Greek)

Epitaph For a Loved One
By Tymnes (c. 3rd-2nd cent. B.C.)
Translated by A.Z. Foreman

Here lies the white dog from Malta, alone. 
Loyal guard of Eumelus' house, in life 
They called him Bullyboy. Now lost and gone
His bark is silenced on the roads of night. 

Audio of me reading this poem in Greek



The Original:

τῇδε τὸν ἐκ Μελίτης ἀργὸν κύνα φησὶν ὁ πέτρος
ἴσχειν, Εὐμήλου πιστότατον φύλακα.
ταῦρόν μιν καλέεσκον, ὅτ᾽ ἦν ἔτι: νῦν δὲ τὸ κείνου
φθέγμα σιωπηραὶ νυκτὸς ἔχουσιν ὁδοί.

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