Callimachus, Epigram 42

“Half of my soul yet breathes. I know not whether Love or Hades snatched the other half, only that it is gone.”

῞Ημισύ μευ ψυχῆς ἔτι τὸ πνέον, ἥμισυ δ’ οὐκ οἶδ’

εἴτ’ ῎Ερος εἴτ’ ᾿Αΐδης ἥρπασε, πλὴν ἀφανές.

3 thoughts on “Callimachus, Epigram 42

  1. This is great. I love the quote. Makes me think of Confessions by Augustine of Hippo,
    “For I wondered that others, subject to death, did live, since
    he whom I loved, as if he should never die, was dead; and I wondered
    yet more that myself, who was to him a second self, could live, he
    being dead. Well said one of his friend, “Thou half of my soul”; for
    I felt that my soul and his soul were “one soul in two bodies”: and
    therefore was my life a horror to me, because I would not live halved.
    And therefore perchance I feared to die, lest he whom I had much loved
    should die wholly.”

  2. This is great. Makes me think of the passage Augustine of Hippo, Confessions

    “For I wondered that others, subject to death, did live, since
    he whom I loved, as if he should never die, was dead; and I wondered
    yet more that myself, who was to him a second self, could live, he
    being dead. Well said one of his friend, “Thou half of my soul”; for
    I felt that my soul and his soul were “one soul in two bodies”: and
    therefore was my life a horror to me, because I would not live halved.
    And therefore perchance I feared to die, lest he whom I had much loved
    should die wholly.”

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