Thursday, May 03, 2018


Bad Pegs

Euripides, fragment 360, lines 11-13 (tr. Christopher Collard and Martin Cropp):
But someone who settles in one city from another
is like a bad peg fixed in a piece of wood:
he's a citizen in name, but not in reality.

ὅστις δ᾿ ἀπ᾿ ἄλλης πόλεος οἰκήσῃ πόλιν,
ἁρμὸς πονηρὸς ὥσπερ ἐν ξύλῳ παγείς,
λόγῳ πολίτης ἐστί, τοῖς δ᾿ ἔργοισιν οὔ.

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