Wednesday, July 25, 2018


Keep a Stiff Upper Lip

Euripides, Helen 253-254 (tr. David Kovacs):
Your lot is painful, I admit. But it is best, you know,
to bear life's harsh necessities as lightly as you can.

ἔχεις μὲν ἀλγείν᾿, οἶδα· σύμφορον δέ τοι
ὡς ῥᾷστα τἀναγκαῖα τοῦ βίου φέρειν.
There is nothing corresponding to harsh in the Greek.

Euripides, Medea 1018 (tr. David Kovacs):
We mortals must bear misfortune with resignation.

κούφως φέρειν χρὴ θνητὸν ὄντα συμφοράς.
κούφως = lightly.

More parallels from Gennaro Tedeschi, Commento alla Medea di Euripide (Trieste: Università degli studi di Trieste, 2010), p. 189 (click to enlarge):

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