Saturday, August 06, 2016


Different Gifts

Homer, Iliad 13.729-734 (tr. Peter Green):
Never will you be able to master all things yourself:
on one man heaven bestows expertise in warfare,        730
on another in dancing, or in singing and playing the lyre,
while in yet another man's breast far-seeing Zeus implants
a clever mind, from which many people get benefit,
and many he saves, but he knows it most clearly himself.

ἀλλ᾽ οὔ πως ἅμα πάντα δυνήσεαι αὐτὸς ἑλέσθαι.
ἄλλῳ μὲν γὰρ ἔδωκε θεὸς πολεμήϊα ἔργα,        730
ἄλλῳ δ᾽ ὀρχηστύν, ἑτέρῳ κίθαριν καὶ ἀοιδήν,
ἄλλῳ δ᾽ ἐν στήθεσσι τιθεῖ νόον εὐρύοπα Ζεὺς
ἐσθλόν, τοῦ δέ τε πολλοὶ ἐπαυρίσκοντ᾽ ἄνθρωποι,
καί τε πολέας ἐσάωσε, μάλιστα δὲ καὐτὸς ἀνέγνω.
Richard Janko, commentary on line 731:

Related post: Gifts Differing According to the Grace That is Given to Us.

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