“The woolly sheep accompany him; they are his only pleasure, the only thing to ease his pain.”
“lanigerae comitantur oves; ea sola voluptas
These lines describe the cyclops Polyphemos after being blinded by Odysseus and his men.
“One must foster thinking-much not learning-much.”
πολυνοΐην, οὐ πολυμαθίην ἀσκέειν χρή.
“No man considers his own injuries to be of little account.”
“…neque cuiquam mortalium iniuriae suae parvae videntur,”
“Some men honor only present friends while others cherish even those far away. A short time disentangles the connections of those former men while an entire life time couldn’t wear away the friendship of the others.”
οἱ μὲν γὰρ τοὺς φίλους παρόντας μόνον τιμῶσιν, οἱ δὲ καὶ μακρὰν ἀπόντας ἀγαπῶσιν, καὶ τὰς μὲν τῶν φαύλων συνηθείας ὀλίγος χρόνος διέλυσε, τὰς δὲτῶν σπουδαίων φιλίας οὐδ’ ἂν ὁ πᾶς αἰὼν ἐξαλείψειεν.
“Strictness is dangerous, magnanimity disgraceful. Whether nothing or everything is conceded to the military, the state is in danger.”
periculosa seueritas, flagitiosa largitio: seu nihil militi siue omnia concedentur in ancipiti res publica.
Think Ukraine, Russia, Venezuela, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, the US…ad nauseam.
“If someone sows wrongs, he will reap wicked profits.
If he suffers what he has wrought, now that is straight justice.”
εἰ κακά τις σπείραι, κακὰ κέρδεά <κ’> ἀμήσειεν·
εἴ κε πάθοι, τά τ’ ἔρεξε, δίκη κ’ ἰθεῖα γένοιτο
“In time, a man takes pleasure even in pain, when he has suffered so much and wandered so far.”
…μετὰ γάρ τε καὶ ἄλγεσι τέρπεται ἀνήρ,
ὅς τις δὴ μάλα πολλὰ πάθῃ καὶ πόλλ’ ἐπαληθῇ.
We posted the first half of Eumaios’ programmatic statement a while back.