A Boring Epigram

Just to show that even Palladas can be boring, here is the shorter of his two surviving epigrams about grafting pear trees (A.P. 9.6):

᾿Αχρὰς ἔην· θῆκας σέο χερσὶ μυρίπνοον ὄχνην
    δένδρῳ πτόρθον ἐνείς· σὴν χάριν εἰς σὲ φέρω.

I was a wild-pear tree (pyraster); by inserting a graft, your hand made me a fragrant pear-tree, and I reward you for your kindness.

(translation adapted from W. R. Paton’s Loeb)

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