Tag Archives: Euripides

Euripides, fr.346 (Dictys): A Universal Law of Love?

  “There is one universal law among men And one that is right to the gods, I believe truly— And to all animals as well: to love the children we bear. In everything else, we follow different laws.”   εἷς γάρ … Continue reading

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Euripides, fr. 54 (Alexander): On the Educational Merits of Poverty?

Earlier in the week we posted a passage from Xenophon’s Memorabilia about the rich and the poor (focusing more on having or not having…) Here’s a fragment from Euripides:   “Wealth and too much luxury Are the wrong lessons for … 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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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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