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Nannion & Bitto Samiae celebrare recusant
Legibus his Venerem, quas Venus ipsa dedit,
Et cupiunt quae [non bona sunt], tu fugitivas
Detestare tui foederis alma Venus.
Αι Σάμιαι Βιττό και Νάννιον εις Αφροδίτης
Φοιταν τους αυτής ουκ εθέλουσι νόμοις
Εις δ έτερ αυτoμoλoύσιν ά μη καλά δεσπότι Κύπρι
Μίσει τας κοίτας τας παρά σοι φυγάδας.
--Asclepiades, in Greek Anthology v.207; translated into Latin by Hugo Grotius
Nannion & Bitto from Samos refuse to follow the laws of Venus
that the goddess herself has decreed,
and instead want to do things [that are not good].
Blessed Venus, look down with hatred
on those who avoid your rules!
Name: Asclepiades of Samos
Date: 3rd c. BCE
Works: [fragments included in the Greek Anthology]
Asclepiades of Samos was a Greek lyric poet from the 3rd century BCE. His works are preserved in the Greek Anthology, a collection of Greek lyric poetry that spans numerous genres, topics, and authors.
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