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EPIGRAM: 13. DIALOGUE WITH THE DEAD, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Art thou the grave of charidas? If for arimmas' son
Last Line: The market price of oxen here is half a crown a head.'
Alternate Author Name(s): Kallimachos


'ART thou the grave of Charidas?' 'If for Arimmas' son,
The Cyrenaean, you inquire, I am the very one.'
'How goes it, Charidas, below?' 'Much gloom.' 'And the way back?'
'A lie, there is none.' 'Pluto, then?' 'Pluto's a myth.' 'Alack!'
'I'm telling you the truth. If you want fairy tales instead,
The market price of oxen here is half a crown a head.'





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