Friday, September 05, 2014


Your Brain's a Morass

Lysippus, fragment 7, tr. Lionel Casson (1914-2009) in Travel in the Ancient World (1974; rpt. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994), p. 85:
If you've never seen Athens, your brain's a morass;
if you've seen it and weren't entranced, you're an ass;
if you left without regrets, your head's solid brass!
The Greek:
εἰ μὴ τεθέασαι τὰς Ἀθήνας, στέλεχος εἶ·
εἰ δὲ τεθέασαι μὴ τεθήρευσαι δ', ὄνος·
εἰ δ' εὐαρεστῶν ἀποτρέχεις, κανθήλιος.
I'm in the first category.

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