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Tag Archives: Greek Poetry
“If you say what you want you may hear what you don’t.” αἴ κ’ εἴπηις τὰ θέληις <καί κεν> ἀκούσαις τά κεν οὐ θέλοις From Alcaeus, the one from Mytilene.
“Anyone who keeps his wealth secret and jeers at others’ doesn’t know that he consigns a forgotten soul to hell.” εἰ δέ τις ἔνδον νέμει πλοῦτον κρυφαῖον, ἄλλοισι δ’ ἐμπίπτων γελᾷ, ψυχὰν ᾿Αΐδᾳ τελέων οὐ φράζεται δόξας … Continue reading
“No memory awaits the brave-hearted man who is speechless” ἦ τιν’ ἄγλωσσον μέν, ἦτορ δ’ ἄλκιμον, λάθα κατέχει The Nemean odes were written in honor of victors at the Nemean games, held, of course, at Nemea.
“Hope is the only good god present among men The rest abandoned us and went to Olympos” ᾿Ελπὶς ἐν ἀνθρώποισι μόνη θεὸς ἐσθλὴ ἔνεστιν ἄλλοι δ’ Οὔλυμπόν ἐκπρολιπόντες ἔβαν Theognis, more a method than a man.
“It is shameful for man to want a long life when he sees no evils change” αἰσχρὸν γὰρ ἄνδρα τοῦ μακροῦ χρῄζειν βίου, κακοῖσιν ὅστις μηδὲν ἐξαλλάσσεται. Ajax was famous for saving Achilles’ body and killing himself
A young wife is no advantage for an old man, Just like a boat that doesn’t heed its rudder Οὔ τοι σύμφορόν ἐστι γυνὴ νέα ἀνδρὶ γέροντι· οὐ γὰρ πηδαλίωι πείθεται ὡς ἄκατος, Theognis doesn’t have … Continue reading
“When the time is wrong, don’t talk too much” οὗ μή ‘στι καιρὸς μὴ μακρὰν βούλου λέγειν Who is Elektra? The full text
“Only Zeus has medicine for everything” Ζεὺς πάντων αὐτὸς φάρμακα μοῦνος ἔχει Stobaeus, wise man, collector of things
“You drove me from my grief” ἔκ μ’ ἔλασας ἀλγέων Alcaeus of Mytilene was a lyric poet often paired with Sappho
“Any act of compulsion hurts” πᾶν γὰρ ἀναγκαῖον πρῆγμ᾿ ἀνιηρὸν ἔφυ The full text Euenus has appeared here before