Three Sophoklean Fragments on Old Age



“No lie lasts through old age”

ἀλλ’ οὐδὲν ἕρπει ψεῦδος εἰς γῆρας χρόνου


“No one loves living as much as a man growing old”

τοῦ ζῆν γὰρ οὐδεὶς ὡς ὁ γηράσκων ἐρᾷ

260 (Thyestes)

“Even though I am an old man. But a sound mind
Likes to accompany old age with the ability to devise what is necessary.”

καίπερ γέρων ὤν• ἀλλὰ τῷ γήρᾳ φιλεῖ
χὠ νοῦς ὁμαρτεῖν καὶ τὸ βουλεύειν ἃ δεῖ

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