Friday, March 01, 2019


A Fool

Amphis, fragment 21 (tr. S. Douglas Olson):
Any mortal who doesn't try to add some pleasure to his life and let everything else go is a fool in my eyes and those of wise judges generally, and the gods have sent him bad luck.

ὅστις δὲ θνητὸς γενόμενος μὴ τῷ βίῳ
ζητεῖ τι τερπνὸν προσφέρειν, τὰ δ᾿ ἄλλ᾿ ἐᾷ,
μάταιός ἐστιν ἔν γ᾿ ἐμοὶ καὶ τοῖς σοφοῖς
κριταῖς ἅπασιν ἐκ θεῶν τε δυστυχής.

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