Thursday, September 12, 2019
Dio Chrysostom, Discourses
12.60 (tr. J.W. Cohoon):
For precisely as infant children when torn away from father or
mother are filled with terrible longing and desire, and stretch out their hands to
their absent parents often in their dreams, so also do men to the gods, rightly
loving them for their beneficence and kinship, and being eager in every possible
way to be with them and to hold converse with them.
ἀτεχνῶς γὰρ ὥσπερ νήπιοι παῖδες πατρὸς ἢ μητρὸς ἀπεσπασμένοι δεινὸν ἵμερον ἔχοντες καὶ πόθον ὀρέγουσι χεῖρας οὐ παροῦσι πολλάκις ὀνειρώττοντες, οὕτω καὶ θεοῖς ἄνθρωποι ἀγαπῶντες δικαίως διά τε εὐεργεσίαν καὶ συγγένειαν, προθυμούμενοι πάντα τρόπον συνεῖναί τε καὶ ὁμιλεῖν.
θεοῖς Emperius: θεοὺς codd.