Aeschylus, Fragment 288.3 (Judgment of the Arms)


“True words are simple ones.”


‘ἁπλᾶ γάρ ἐστι τῆς ἀληθείας ἔπη’.


This is from the fragmentary lost play Judgment of the Arms which covers some of the same ground as Sophocles’ Ajax. The line, it seems, is posed against the trickier and more devious language of Odysseus. Simple words, as many know, can merely be a different rhetorical ploy…

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