Saturday, May 23, 2009



[Homer], Margites, fragments 2-3 (tr. M.L. West):
The gods had never taught him to plant or sow
or any other skill: he failed at every craft.

He knew a lot of things, but never knew them right.

τὸν δ' οὔτ' ἂρ σκαπτῆρα θεοὶ θέσαν οὔτ' ἀροτῆρα
οὔτ' ἄλλως τι σοφόν· πάσης δ' ἡμάρτανε τέχνης.

πόλλ᾽ ἠπίστατο ἔργα, κακῶς δ᾽ ἠπίστατο πάντα.

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