• Scholars and editors of Hellenistic epigram have often discounted the
    authenticity of dialectal variance attested in the manuscript tradition, either privileging
    the dialectal variant that conforms to the predominant dialect in the epigram
    or even choosing to change attested dialect forms to produce a uniform coloring.
    This article argues that the addresses to earth at lines 2 and 10 of Leonidas
    of Tarentum Anth. Pal. 7.440 = Gow/Page, HE 11 were originally Doric. I show that
    there are paleographic as well as literary grounds for the reading. In particular,
    the presence of Doric forms at these two points in the epigram evoke the language
    of tragic lament. The findings of this article have potentially significant implications
    for the editing of dialectal mixture in the Greek Anthology.