Saturday, February 23, 2013


Man's Greatest Enemy

Stobaeus 2.43 (my translation):
Anacharsis the Scythian, asked by someone "What is hostile to men?", said, "They are, to themselves."

Ὰνάχαρσις ὁ Σκύθης ἐρωτηθεὶς ὑπό τινος τί ἐστι πολέμιον ἀνθρώποις; "αὐτοὶ" έφη "ἑαυτοῖς."
[Ausonius], Septem Sapientum Sententiae 1.2 (tr. Hugh G. Evelyn-White):
What is man's greatest bane? His brother man alone.

pernicies homini quae maxima? solus homo alter.
Distichs of Cato 4.11 (tr. J. Wight Duff and Arnold M. Duff):
When fear of brute beasts harasses your mind,
Know what you most should dread is human kind.

cum tibi praeponas animalia bruta timore,
unum hominem scito tibi praecipue esse timendum.

bruta Arntzen: cuncta codd.
timore D: timere ceteri codd.
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