Friday, March 23, 2018



Menander, fragment 356 Kassel and Austin = 401 Koerte = 466 Kock (from the play Hydria; my translation):
How sweet a thing, for him who hates bad ways,
is solitude, and for him who pursues not even one
evil, a sufficient possession is a farm that supports him well.
From crowds comes jealousy, and this city
luxury is attractive, but only for a short time.

ὡς ἡδὺ τῷ μισοῦντι τοὺς φαύλους τρόπους
ἐρημία, καὶ τῷ μελετῶντι μηδὲ ἓν
πονηρὸν ἱκανὸν κτῆμ' ἀγρὀς τρέφων καλῶς.
ἐκ τῶν ὄχλων δὲ ζῆλος, ἥ τε κατὰ πόλιν
αὕτη τρυφὴ λάμπει μέν, εἰς δ' ὀλίγον χρόνον.
Thanks to Kevin Muse for suggesting a change in my translation.

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