Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Avoid the Rich
Avoid the rich; they are shameless, domestic tyrants,The same, tr. Tony Harrison:
hating poverty, the mother of temperance.
Φεύγετε τοὺς πλουτοῦντας, ἀναιδέας, οἰκοτυράννους,
μισοῦντας πενίην μητέρα σωφροσύνας.
Shun the rich, they're shameless sodsThis is the only example of οἰκοτύραννος in Liddell-Scott-Jones.
strutting about like little gods,
loathing poverty, the soul
of temperance and self-control.
For the sentiment, see also Aristophanes, Wealth 563-564 (Poverty speaking; tr. Jeffrey Henderson):
Turning now to the issue of morality, I'll proceed to demonstrate
that good behavior dwells with me, and arrogance with Wealth.
περὶ σωφροσύνης ἤδη τοίνυν περανῶ σφῷν κἀναδιδάξω
ὅτι κοσμιότης οἰκεῖ μετ᾿ ἐμοῦ, τοῦ Πλούτου δ᾿ ἐστ᾿ ἐνυβρίζειν.