Category Archives: Greek

Some Th(o)rsday Quotes for Zeus

For one thunder-loving god on another’s special day, some quotes from our Archive about Zeus where we learn that only he is free, that he has medicine for everything and that he is truly self-aware.   Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound 50 Posted … Continue reading

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Euripides, Ion (Happy Highlights)

“Many misfortunes befall many people, and they differ only in appearance; it is with great difficulty that one could ever find something happy in human life.” πολλαί γε πολλοῖς εἰσι συμφοραὶ βροτῶν, μορφαὶ δὲ διαφέρουσιν: ἓν δ᾽ ἂν εὐτυχὲς μόλις … Continue reading

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Euripides, Ion 621-632 (Reflections on Tyranny)

“Who can be blessed or fortunate when he draws out the length of his days by fearing for his life? I would rather live as a happy citizen than be a tyrant who delights in keeping bad company, and hates … Continue reading

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Archippus fr. 51 (Bachmann’s Lexicon)

    “Ignorant is wise and just is unjust.”   ἀμαθὴς σοφός, δίκαιος ἄδικος   Yes. And War is Peace. Someone scooped Orwell, it seems.  Archippus? Another Old Comic poet…

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Ameipsias, Fr. 7 (Diogenes Laertius, 2.27-28)

  “Socrates, the best of men when there are few and the most foolish among the many: You have come to see us too? You are brave. Where would you get a cloak? Your appearance is an embarrassment to cobblers … Continue reading

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Euripides, Heracles 637-654 (An Encomium to Youth)

Youth is always precious to me, and old age, a burden heavier than Aetna’s crags, is placed upon my head, shrouding the light of my eyes in shady gloom. Let me not possess the fortune of an eastern tyrant, and … Continue reading

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Some notes on Odysseus’ life and death: Forgotten Family and Falling Feces

“No other Odysseus will ever come home to you”   οὐ μὲν γάρ τοι ἔτ’ ἄλλος ἐλεύσεται ἐνθάδ’ ᾿Οδυσσεύς,     Since it seems we have been obsessed with Odysseus for a while, starting with our concern about whether anyone … Continue reading

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Homer, Odyssey 22. 11-14

  “Murder wasn’t on his mind at all. Who would think that one man alone among many dinner guests Even a really strong one, could contrive a wicked death And dark fate?”     … φόνος δέ οἱ οὐκ ἐνὶ … Continue reading

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Eurpides, Suppliants 167

“I am nevertheless compelled to yield to my misfortunes.” ὅμως δ᾽ ἀνάγκη συμφοραῖς εἴκειν ἐμαῖς

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Euripides, Hippolytus 1047

“A swift death is an easy thing for a miserable man.” ταχὺς γὰρ Ἅιδης ῥᾷστος ἀνδρὶ δυστυχεῖ

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