Wednesday, August 10, 2016



Homer, Iliad 20.131 (tr. A.T. Murray, rev. William F. Wyatt):
Dangerous are the gods when they appear in manifest form.

χαλεποὶ δὲ θεοὶ ϕαίνεσθαι ἐναϱγεῖς.
Leaf and Bayfield ad loc.:
'are terrible when they show themselves openly': lit. are hard (to face or endure) for (with regard to) appearing visible.
Callimachus, Hymns 5.101-102 (tr. A.W. Mair):
Whosoever shall behold any of the immortals, when the god himself chooses not, at a heavy price shall he behold.

ὅς κε τιν᾿ ἀθανάτων, ὅκα μὴ θεὸς αὐτὸς ἕληται,
    ἀθρήσῃ, μισθῷ τοῦτον ἰδεῖν μεγάλῳ.

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