Sunday, August 10, 2014


The Best of Remedies

Alcaeus, fragment 335 Lobel-Page (tr. David A. Campbell):
We should not surrender our hearts to our troubles, for we shall make no headway by grieving, Bycchis: the best of remedies is to bring wine and get drunk.

οὐ χρὴ κάκοισι θῦμον ἐπιτρέπην
προκόψομεν γὰρ οὐδὲν ἀσάμενοι,
ὧ Βύκχι, φαρμάκων δ' ἄριστον
οἶνον ἐνεικαμένοις μεθύσθην.

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