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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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Euripides, fr. 25 (Aeolus): On old Men, Lurking and Thinking

  “Alas, the ancient proverb holds well: We old men are nothing other than a sound and an image, lurking imitations of dreams. We have no mind and but we think we know how to think well.”   φεῦ φεῦ, … Continue reading

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Euripides on Athletes: Ready for Football?

Euripides, fr. 282 (Autolycos)   “Of the endless evils plaguing Greece None is worse than the race of athletes.”   κακῶν γὰρ ὄντων μυρίων καθ’ ῾Ελλάδα οὐδὲν κάκιόν ἐστιν ἀθλητῶν γένους·   With football season fast upon us, it is … Continue reading

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Some Divergent Greek Views on Heroes: Pluralism in Ancient Poetry

Pindar Olympian 2.2 “What god, what hero and what man will we celebrate?” τίνα θεόν, τίν’ ἥρωα, τίνα δ’ ἄνδρα κελαδήσομεν;   The Greeks have left us some evidence for attitudes about heroes that might surprise some modern readers. The … Continue reading

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“Sweat is The Price of Virtue”: Some Greek Quotes for Labor Day

Plutarch, Perikles 1.4 5-6   “Often and quite contrarily, we look down on a laborer while delighting in his work”   πολλάκις δὲ καὶ τοὐναντίον χαίροντες τῷ ἔργῳ τοῦ δημιουργοῦ καταφρονοῦμεν   Hesiod Works and Days, 289-90     “The gods made … Continue reading

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Euripidean Fragments and Bellerophon’s Atheism

Here are two fragments from the lost Euripidean Bellerophon in which the eponymous hero denies that the gods exist. He does not seem to say that there are no gods at all, but his complaints are like those of Xenophanes … Continue reading

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Euripides on Marriage: Misleading Fragments

Euripides, fr. 137 (Andromeda)   “Best of all riches is to find a noble spouse.”   τῶν γὰρ πλούτων ὅδ’ ἄριστος γενναῖον λέχος εὑρεῖν.   This might be one of the few positive comments about marriage from Classical Greece. But, … Continue reading

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