Category Archives: Greek

Theocritus, 4.41-3

“Take heart, dear Battos! Tomorrow will be better. Hope is for the living, while the dead despair. And Zeus may shine one day, though he send storms the next.” θαρσεῖν χρὴ φίλε Βάττε: τάχ᾽ αὔριον ἔσσετ᾽ ἄμεινον. ἐλπίδες ἐν ζωοῖσιν, … Continue reading

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Ion fr. 27: A Middling Drinking Song with a Good Punch Line

“Hail to our king, father and defender— Have our servants mix the wine bowls drawing from pitchers ringed with silver. And have the man who holds the golden wine jar wash our hands to the floor. With reverence, make libation … Continue reading

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Xenophon, Apology 6.1-7.3: An Easier Time to Die

“And if my age proceeds along still more, I know that old age’s traits will necessarily develop: worse vision, weaker hearing, slower learning and less memory for what I have learned already. And when I perceive I am deteriorating I … Continue reading

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Theocritus, Idylls, 3.20

After being exposed to the vicious savagery of the frogs in today’s earlier post, I am positive that the reader would love to cleanse the palate of amphibian bathos in favor of innocent (non-mouse-slaughtering) charm: “There is, even in empty … Continue reading

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Batrakhomuomakhia, 170-171: A Monument to the Murder of Mice

During the assembly to face the murine-menace, the king of the frogs, Bellowmouth, announces his plan and his expected victory: “As we drown those unaccustomed to the water in this way We will happily dedicate a trophy to the murder … Continue reading

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Euripides, fr. 327 (Danae)–Men See Wealth as an Indicator of Wisdom

    “Truly, men love to take the words Of wealthy men as wisdom, and yet when Some poor man from a lesser house speaks well They laugh. But I have often noticed That poor men are wiser than the … Continue reading

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Drinking with the Ancients: Homer, Anacreon, Theognis and Friends on Imbibing

Just in time for the weekend: drinking advice from the ancient world Horace, Epistulae 1.19.6   “Homer is said to have been a drunkard because of his praise of wine” laudibus arguitur vini vinosus Homerus I don’t know that Horace … Continue reading

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