Monday, April 10, 2017


Both Sides of the Story

Aeschylus, Eumenides 428 (Athena speaking; tr. Alan H. Sommerstein):
Two parties are present: I have had only half the story.

δυοῖν παρόντοιν ἥμισυς λόγου πάρα.
Sommerstein in his commentary ad loc.:
'Though two <parties> are here, <only> half of the argument is before me.' The scholia aptly cite the maxim μηδὲ δίκην δικάσηις πρὶν ἂν ἀμφοῖν μῦθον ἀκούσηις ([Hes.] fr. 338 M-W; cf. Ar. V. 725-6).
Translation of the maxim (by Glenn W. Most):
Do not pass judgment before you hear the speech of both.

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