Saturday, December 14, 2013



Anonymous poet quoted by Athenaeus, Deipnosophistae 8.336 b (tr. Charles Burton Gulick):
All mortals I fain would counsel to live this fleeting life in pleasure. For he that has died is nothingness, only a shade in the world below. Life is short, and while you live it behooves you to enjoy it.

πᾶσιν δὲ θνητοῖς βούλομαι παραινέσαι
τοὐφήμερον ζῆν ἡδέως· ὁ γὰρ θανὼν
τὸ μηδέν ἐστι καὶ σκιὰ κατὰ χθονός.
μικροῦ δὲ βιότου ζῶντ’ ἐπαυρέσθαι χρεών.
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