Saturday, January 08, 2011


Tantum Religio Potuit Suadere Malorum

Euripides, Iphigenia Among the Taurians 389-391 (tr. David Kovacs):
I believe that people here, themselves murderous, ascribe their own fault to the goddess. None of the gods, I think, is wicked.

τοὺς δ᾽ ἐνθάδ᾽, αὐτοὺς ὄντας ἀνθρωποκτόνους,
ἐς τὴν θεὸν τὸ φαῦλον ἀναφέρειν δοκῶ·
οὐδένα γὰρ οἶμαι δαιμόνων εἶναι κακόν.
It still happens today that some ascribe their own murderous impulses to a god.

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