Monday, August 24, 2015
There is a suitable birthday quotation on p. 456, col. 2, from Euripides' Aeolus:
φεῦ φεῦ, παλαιὸς αἶνος ὡς καλῶς ἔχει·In the translation of Christopher Collard and Martin Cropp:
γέροντες οὐδέν ἐσμεν ἄλλο πλὴν ψόφος
καὶ σχῆμ᾽, ὀνείρων δ᾽ ἕρπομεν μιμήματα·
νοῦς δ᾽ οὐκ ἔνεστιν, οἰόμεσθα δ᾽ εὖ φρονεῖν.
ψόφος Hirzel: ὄχλος codd.
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.