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Poliorketika

This song is by Elend and appears on the album Sunwar the Dead (2004).

πολλὰ γάρ͵ εὖτε πτόλις δαμασθῇ͵
ἐή͵ δυστυχῆ τε πράσσει.
ἄλλος δ ́ ἄλλον ἄγει͵ φονεύ-
τὰ δὲ πυρφορεῖ· καπνῷ
χραίνεται πόλισμ ́ ἅπαν·

μαινόμενος δ΄ ἐπιπνεῖ λαοδάμας
μιαίνων εὐσέβειαν Ἄρης.
κορκορυγαὶ δ΄ ἀν΄ ἄστυ͵ περὶ δ΄ ὁρκάνα
πυργῶτις͵ πρὸς ἀνδρὸς δ΄ ἀνὴρ
δόρει κλίνεται·

Romanization Edit

Pollà gár eûte ptólis damasthē̂i eḗ, dystychē̂ te prássei. Állos d'állon ágei, phoneú- Tà dè pyrphoreî. Kapnō̂i chraínetai pólism ́'hápan.

Mainómenos d'epipneî laodámas miaínōn eusébeian Árēs. Korkorygaì d'an'ásty, perì d'horkána pyrgō̂tis, pròs andròs d'anḕr dórei klínetai.

Translation Edit

For when a city is subdued - ah! - many and miserable are its sufferings. Man drags off man, or kills, or sets fires; the whole city is defiled with smoke.

Mad Ares storms, subduing the people and polluting reverence. Tumults swell through the town, and against it a towering net is advancing. Man falls before man beneath the spear

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