Thursday, November 12, 2015


Bane or Boon?

Theognis 509-510 (tr. M.L. West):
Wine drunk too copious is a bane, but if it's drunk
   with prudence, then no bane, but sheerest boon.

οἶνος πινόμενος πουλὺς κακόν· ἢν δέ τις αὐτόν
   πίνῃ ἐπισταμένως, οὐ κακόν ἀλλ' ἀγαθόν.

Eric Thomson offers this variation on West's bane and boon:
Wine drunk by the pailful is baleful, but if quaffed
   with prudence, there's much less piss ... more bliss.

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