Monday, October 22, 2018


To Drive Away Cares

Cypria, fragment 18 (tr. M.L. West):
Wine, Menelaus, is the best thing the gods have made
for mortal men for dispelling cares.

οἶνόν τοι, Μενέλαε, θεοὶ ποίησαν ἄριστον
θνητοῖς ἀνθρώποισιν ἀποσκεδάσαι μελεδώνας.
Euripides, Bacchae 278-283 (tr. David Kovacs):
The son of Semele, discovered ... the drink that flows from the grape cluster and introduced it to mortals. It is this that frees trouble-laden mortals from their pain—when they fill themselves with the juice of the vine—this that gives sleep to make one forget the day's troubles: there is no other treatment for misery.

                                     ... ὁ Σεμέλης γόνος
βότρυος ὑγρὸν πῶμ᾿ ηὗρε κἀσηνέγκατο
θνητοῖς, ὃ παύει τοὺς ταλαιπώρους βροτοὺς
λύπης, ὅταν πλησθῶσιν ἀμπέλου ῥοῆς,
ὕπνον τε λήθην τῶν καθ᾿ ἡμέραν κακῶν
δίδωσιν, οὐδ᾿ ἔστ᾿ ἄλλο φάρμακον πόνων.
Horace, Odes 2.11.17-18 (tr. Niall Rudd):
Euhius dispels
gnawing anxieties.

dissipat Euhius
curas edaces.

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