Tuesday, October 31, 2017


Avoid the Rich

Greek Anthology 10.61 (by Palladas; tr. W.R. Paton):
Avoid the rich; they are shameless, domestic tyrants,
hating poverty, the mother of temperance.

Φεύγετε τοὺς πλουτοῦντας, ἀναιδέας, οἰκοτυράννους,
    μισοῦντας πενίην μητέρα σωφροσύνας.
The same, tr. Tony Harrison:
Shun the rich, they're shameless sods
strutting about like little gods,

loathing poverty, the soul
of temperance and self-control.
This is the only example of οἰκοτύραννος in Liddell-Scott-Jones.

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.

Art Young, Capitalism

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