Sophocles, Fragment 942

 

“What mortal home has ever prospered without a good woman…”

 

τίς δ’ οἶκος ἐν βροτοῖσιν ὠλβίσθη ποτὲ

γυναικὸς ἐσθλῆς χωρὶς…

 

Seems rather un-Greek, right? (At least in comparison to Semonides of Amorgos!)

 

…And yes, for brevity sake, I edited the fragment and left out ὀγκωθεὶς χλιδῇ–which may or may not undercut the positive sense I’d like for the fragment.

And, perhaps ‘good’ is too class-neutral and gender-positive for ἐσθλῆς…

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