E Graeco νυκτίκόραξ (n.d.)

Maitland's final eleven poems in the DPS are a series of two-line epigrams that either make a play on Greek and Roman literary terms (such as this one on 'the long-eared owl', or the final poem in the collection (d2_MaiT_040) on the nature of the epigram), or make a pun, whose meaning is often now too obscure to recover, relating to a well-known figure in antiquity (such as Homer in d2_MaiT_031 or Vergil in d2_MaiT_034). The Demophilus mentioned here is perhaps the son of Ephorus (c.400-330BC), who edited his father's universal history, the first text of its kind. However, the attribution is far from certain. Metre: elegiac couplets.

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E Graeco νυκτίκόραξ

Noctua luctiferum cantillat gutture, sed dum
Dimophilus cantat, noctua, et ipse perit.

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The long-eared owl, from the Greek

The night-owl sings of sorrow from its throat, but when Dimophilus sings, the night-owl and he both die.