Wednesday, February 18, 2015


The Cry of the Flesh

Epicurus, Sententiae Vaticanae 33 (tr. A.A. Long and D.N. Sedley):
The flesh's cry is not to be hungry or thirsty or cold. For one who is in these states and expects to remain so could rival even Zeus in happiness.

σαρκὸς φωνὴ τὸ μὴ πεινῆν, τὸ μὴ διψῆν, τὸ μὴ ῥιγοῦν. ταῦτα γὰρ ἔχων τις καὶ ἐλπίζων ἕξειν κἂν <Διὶ> ὑπὲρ εὐδαιμονίας μαχέσαιτο.
ταῦτα γὰρ ἔχων, having these things, i.e., food, drink, and a way to stay warm (fire, clothing, or shelter).

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