Ὧδε[. . . .]γείνεσθε Πανελλάδος, ὧδε τελέ[σ]σαι
This is a tale about a Roman, Gaius, who when wounded in the thigh during a battle against the Peucetii, complained of his limp, but was admonished by his mother to behave with greater fortitude. The exact Roman context is much debated, and possibly did not even exist. Similar anecdotes are told about the Spartans and also of Alexander to his father Philip (Plutarch, On the Fortunes of Alexander 331b). The identification of the Peucetians is debated, possibly the Etrucans.
Pohlenz, Max. 1935, ‘Der Römer Gaius bei Kallimachos.’ Philologus 44:120-2.
γείνομαι: be born; to beget
Πανελλάς -άδος, ἡ: all Greece, the whole of Greece
τελέω, fut. τελέσω, aor. ἐτέλεσσα or τέλεσσα: fulfill, accomplish, perform, finish
Ὧδε [. . . .]γείνεσθε Πανελλάδος, ὧδε τελέ[σ]σαι
Φ[η]σὶ Πευκετίων προσκαθημένων [τ]οῖς
τείχεσι τῆς Ῥώμης τῶν Ῥωμαίων Γά-
ϊον ἐναλλόμενον καταβαλεῖν τὸν
5 [ἐ]κείνων ἡγούμενον, τρωθῆναι δὲ εἰς
τὸν μηρόν· μετὰ δὲ ταῦτα ἐπὶ τῷ σκάζειν
δυσφορήσαντα παύσασθαι τῆς ἀθυμίας
ὑπὸ τῆς μητρὸς ἐπιπληχθέντα.
As you were...the whole of Greece...thus accomplish
He says that when the Peucetians were besieging
the walls of Rome, one of the Romans, Gaius,
attacked and killed their leader,
but was wounded in5
the thigh. After this, he was upset that he limped,
but stopped being despondant
when reproached by his mother.
Treves, P. 1943. "Review of Walbank: Philip V of Macedon" Journal of Hellenic Studies 63:117-20.
As you were...the whole of Greece...so accomplish...