Leonidas of Alexandria
After flying, swallow, across the whole earth and the islands, thou dost
rear thy brood on the picture of Medea. Dost thou believe that the
Colchian woman who did not spare even her own children will keep her
faith to thy young?
[On the Picture of Medea in Rome]
How, twittering swallow, didst thou suffer to have as nurse of thy
children the Colchian woman, the vengeful destroyer of her babes, from
whose bloodshot eye still flashes murderous fire, from whose jaws white
foam still drips, whose sword is freshly bathed in blood? Fly from the
fatal mother, who even in the wax is still slaying her children.