“These are the only paths of investigation to contemplate: how it both is and is not possible not to be…and how it is both unnecessary and necessary not to be”
αἵπερ ὁδοὶ μοῦναι διζήσιός εἰσι νοῆσαι·
ἡ μὲν ὅπως ἔστιν τε καὶ ὡς οὐκ ἔστι μὴ εἶναι, ….
ἡ δ’ ὡς οὐκ ἔστιν τε καὶ ὡς χρεών ἐστι μὴ εἶναι
Some great structure in this piece. The stripped down version on the twitter-feed (“the only paths of investigation: how it is and isn’t possible not to be; and how it is isn’t and is necessary not to be”) seems vaguely (and haphazardly) Heraclitean.
Posted in Greek
“The victor and the vanquished alike will mingle among the shades.”
Victor cum victis pariter miscebitur umbris.
“I fear the very foolish fate of the moth.”
δέδοικα μῶρον κάρτα πυραύστου μόρον.
The English doesn’t reflect the Greek word here for “moth” which indicates the way that it dies….”burnt by fire”.
Health is the finest thing for mortal man, the second finest is to bear noble children, third to win riches without fraud, and fourth to be young among one’s friends.
ὑγιαίνειν μὲν ἄριστον ὰνδρὶ θνητῷ,
δεύτερον δὲ καλὸν φυὰν γενέσθαι,
τὸ τρίτον δὲ πλουτεῖν ὰδόλως,
καὶ τὸ τέταρτον ἡβᾶν μετὰ τῶν φίλων.
“Fortune is glass; just when it shines bright it breaks.”
Fortuna vitrea est: tum cum splendet frangitur.
“For the wicked, profit is superior to justice”
κακοῖς τὸ κέρδος τῆς δίκης ὑπέρτερον
“For, whether it be great virtues or great riches, all things come to one terrible Charybdis.”
πάντα γὰρ μίαν ἱκνεῖται δασπλῆτα Χάρυβδιν,
αί μεγάλαι τ’ ἀρεταὶ καὶ ὁ πλοῦτος.