Friday, June 05, 2020


The Most Necessary Things

Polybius 2.61.10 (tr. Robin Waterfield):
[A]nd finally, when against all the odds they were unexpectedly offered the opportunity to recover it [their land] intact, they preferred to sacrifice it, along with their tombs, sanctuaries, homeland, and possessions—in short, everything men hold most dear—rather than betray the pledge they had given their allies.

τὸ δὲ τελευταῖον, δοθείσης ἀνελπίστως καὶ παραδόξως αὐτοῖς ἐξουσίας ἀβλαβῆ ταύτην ἀπολαβεῖν, προείλαντο στέρεσθαι χώρας, τάφων, ἱερῶν, πατρίδος, τῶν ὑπαρχόντων, ἁπάντων συλλήβδην τῶν ἐν ἀνθρώποις ἀναγκαιοτάτων χάριν τοῦ μὴ προδοῦναι τὴν πρὸς τοὺς συμμάχους πίστιν.
Territory, tombs, sanctuaries, homeland, possessions.

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