Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Voice and Shadow

Euripides, fragment 25 (from Aeolus, tr. Christopher Collard and Martin Cropp):
Oh, alas, how true the ancient saying is: we old men are nothing but noise and mere shapes, and we move as imitations of dreams; there is no intelligence in us, yet we think we have good sense.

φεῦ φεῦ, παλαιὸς αἶνος ὡς καλῶς ἔχει·
γέροντες οὐδέν ἐσμεν ἄλλο πλὴν ψόφος
καὶ σχῆμ᾽, ὀνείρων δ᾽ ἕρπομεν μιμήματα·
νοῦς δ᾽ οὐκ ἔνεστιν, οἰόμεσθα δ᾽ εὖ φρονεῖν.
Euripides, fragment 508 (from Melanippe, tr. Collard and Cropp):
What else? An old man is but voice and shadow.

τί δ᾽ ἄλλο; φωνὴ καὶ σκιὰ γέρων ἀνήρ.
The second fragment is one of the exercises for translation in the book I learned Greek from, many years ago—Chase and Phillips, A New Introduction to Greek, p. 39.

Worthington Whittredge, Retrospection

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