Saturday, January 12, 2019


A Deficit of Sympathy

Pindar, Nemean Odes 1.53-54 (tr. Richmond Lattimore):
That which is close to home afflicts all alike,
but a heart soon goes free of grief
over a stranger's unhappiness.

τὸ γὰρ οἰκεῖον πιέζει πάνθ᾿ ὁμῶς·
εὐθὺς δ᾿ ἀπήμων κραδία
κᾶδος ἀμφ᾿ ἀλλότριον.
Theognis 655-656 (tr. Douglas E. Gerber):
We all share your pain, Cyrnus, in your misfortune,
but grief for another is short-lived.

σύν τοι, Κύρνε, παθόντι κακῶς ἀνιώμεθα πάντες·
    ἀλλά τοι ἀλλότριον κῆδος ἐφημέριον.

<< Home
Newer›  ‹Older

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?