Tuesday, March 24, 2020



Lucretius 6.1226-1229 (tr. W.H.D. Rouse, rev. Martin F. Smith):
Nor was any kind of remedy general and certain; for what had given one the power to draw the breath of life into his lips and to behold the regions of heaven, this to others was poison and brought them death.

nec ratio remedii communis certa dabatur;
nam quod ali dederat vitalis aeris auras
volvere in ore licere et caeli templa tueri,
hoc aliis erat exitio letumque parabat.
Thucydides 2.51.2 (tr. Charles Forster Smith):
And no one remedy was found, I may say, which was sure to bring relief to those applying it — for what helped one man hurt another ...

ἕν τε οὐδὲν κατέστη ἴαμα ὡς εἰπεῖν ὅ τι χρῆν προσφέροντας ὠφελεῖν (τὸ γάρ τῳ ξυνενεγκὸν ἄλλον τοῦτο ἔβλαπτε) ...

Michael Sweerts (1618-1664), Plague in an Ancient City
(Los Angeles County Museum of Art, AC1997.10.1)

Hat tip: Eric Thomson.

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