Life Among the Dead

Lucian, Dialogues of the Dead:

“DIOGENES: But tell the beautiful and the strong – Megillus the Corinthian and Damoxenos the wrestler – that here among us, the dead, there are no golden locks, nor fierce and dark eyes, nor a pleasant blush about the face or well-strung muscles or strong shoulders – everything here is but one dust, they say – mere skulls, bare of beauty.”

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ἀλλὰ καὶ τοῖς καλοῖς τε καὶ ἰσχυροῖς λέγε, Μεγίλλῳ τε τῷ Κορινθίῳ καὶ Δαμοξένῳ τῷ παλαιστῇ, ὅτι παρ᾽ ἡμῖν οὔτε ἡ ξανθὴ κόμη οὔτε τὰ χαροπὰ ἢ μέλανα ὄμματα ἢ ἐρύθημα ἐπὶ τοῦ προσώπου ἔτι ἔστιν ἢ νεῦρα εὔτονα ἢ ὦμοι καρτεροί, ἀλλὰ πάντα μία ἡμῖν κόνις, φασί, κρανία γυμνὰ τοῦ κάλλους.

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