Thursday, December 05, 2013


Praise of Dionysus

Diphilus, fragment 86 Kock, quoted by Athenaeus, Deipnosophistae 2.35 d (tr. Charles Burton Gulick):
O Dionysus, dearest and wisest in the eyes of all men of sense, how kind art thou! Thou alone makest the humble to feel proud, and persuadest the scowler to laugh, the weak to be brave, the cowardly to be bold.

ὦ πᾶσι τοῖς φρονοῦσι προσφιλέστατε
Διόνυσε καὶ σοφώταθ᾽, ὡς ἡδύς τις εἶ·
ὃς τὸν ταπεινὸν μέγα φρονεῖν ποιεῖς μόνος,
τὸν τὰς ὀφρῦς αἴροντα συμπείθεις γελᾶν
τὸν τ᾽ ἀσθενῆ τολμᾶν τι, τὸν δειλὸν θρασύν.
Related post: Some Effects of Wine.

<< Home
Newer›  ‹Older

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?