1 You gaze at the stars, my Star; would that I were Heaven, that I might look at you with many eyes!
2 Even as you shone once the Star of Morning among the living, so in death you shine now the Star of Evening among the dead.
3 The Fates decreed tears to Hecuba and the women of Troy right from their birth; but for you, Dion, the gods spilled your widespread hopes upon the ground after you had triumphed in the doing of noble deeds. And so in your spacious homeland you lie honored by your fellow citizens, O Dion, you who made my heart mad with love.
4 Now, when I have but whispered that Alexis is beautiful, he is the observed of all observers. O my heart, why show dogs a bone? You'll be sorry for it afterwards: was it not so that we lost Phaedrus?
6 When I kiss Agathon my soul is on my lips, where it comes, poor thing, hoping to cross over.
7 I throw the apple at you, and if you are willing to love me, take it and share your girlhood with me; but if your thoughts are what I pray they are not, even then take it, and consider how short-lived is beauty.
8 I am an apple; one who loves you throws me at you. Say yes, Xanthippe; we fade, both you and I.
10 A man who found some gold left a noose, and the one who did not find the gold he had left tied on the noose he found.
11 I, Laïs, who laughed so disdainfully at Greece and once kept a swarm of young lovers at my door, dedicate this mirror to the Paphian—for I do not wish to see me as I am, and cannot see me as I was.
13 We once left the sounding waves of the Aegean to lie here amidst the plains of Ecbatana. Fare thee well, renowned Eretria, our former country. Fare thee well, Athens, Euboea's neighbor. Fare thee well, dear Sea.
14 I am the tomb of a ship's captain; the tomb opposite is a farmer's: for beneath the land and beneath the sea is the same place of Death.
15 Sailors, be safe, by sea and on land; I would have you know that the tomb you pass is a shipwrecked man's.— The Eighteen Epigrams, traditionally attributed to Plato
Typically of ancient Greek literature (and regardless of their Platonic authenticity), the Epigrams clearly refer to historical personalities, various places in and around ancient Greece, and specific characters of Greek mythology.
Well-known place names mentioned in the Epigrams include Troy, Greece itself, the Aegean Sea, and Athens. More specific references include: