Monday, September 27, 2004


A Reason to Study the Classics

Hesiod, Theogony, 98-103 (tr. Hugh G. Evelyn-White):
For though a man have sorrow and grief in his newly-troubled soul and live in dread because his heart is distressed, yet, when a singer, the servant of the Muses, chants the glorious deeds of men of old and the blessed gods who inhabit Olympus, at once he forgets his heaviness and remembers not his sorrows at all; but the gifts of the goddesses soon turn him away from these.

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