Saturday, October 01, 2016


Persuasiveness of Truths and Falsehoods

Euripides, fragment 396 (tr. Christopher Collard and Martin Cropp):
But if, old man, there are falsehoods amongst men that are
persuasive, you should recognize the opposite—
that many truths turn out to be unpersuasive to them.

ἀλλ᾿ εἴπερ ἐστὶν ἐν βροτοῖς ψευδῆ, γέρον,
πιθανά, νομίζειν χρή σε καὶ τοὐναντίον,
ἄπιστ᾿ ἀληθῆ πολλὰ συμβαίνειν βροτοῖς.

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