Sunday, January 05, 2020


Old Age

Comparatio Menandri et Philistionis II.35-38, in Siegfried Jaekel, ed., Menandri Sententiae. Comparatio Menandri et Philistionis (Leipzig: B.G. Teubner, 1964), pp. 103-104 (tr. Francis G. Allinson):
Old age, thou enemy of mortal frames, 'tis thou
Dost plunder all that's fair from shapes of loveliness,
Dost grave a new unseemliness on manly limbs,
And it is thou dost make the swift full hesitant.

ὦ γῆρας ἐχθρὸν σωμάτων ἀνθρωπίνων,
ἅπαντα συλῶν <τὰ> καλὰ τῆς εὐμορφίας
καὶ μεταχαράττον τὴν μὲν ἀνδρίαν μελῶν
εἰς <τ>ἀπρεπές, τὸ δὲ τάχος εἰς ὄκνον πολύν.
Lines 1-2 also = Menandri Sententiae 869-870 (Jaekel, p. 83).

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