Monday, December 02, 2013


Gold and Figs

Ananius, fragment 3, tr. M.L. West, Greek Lyric Poetry (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999), p. 115:
If someone locked a lot of gold up in a house
with two or three people, and a small amount of figs,
he'd soon find out how much more figs are worth than gold.
The Greek, from Iambi et Elegi Graeci ante Alexandrum Cantati, ed. M.L. West, Vol. II (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992), p. 35:
εἴ τις καθείρξαι χρυσὸν ἐν δόμοις πολὺν
καὶ σῦκα βαιὰ καὶ δύ᾽ ἢ τρεῖς ἀνθρώπους,
γνοίη χ᾽ ὅσωι τὰ σῦκα τοῦ χρυσοῦ κρέσσω.

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