Monday, June 21, 2021


Universal Misery

Theognis 167-168 (tr. Douglas E. Gerber):
One man is wretched this way, another that, and no one of all whom the sun looks down upon is truly fortunate.

ἄλλ᾿ ἄλλῳ κακόν ἐστι, τὸ δ᾿ ἀτρεκὲς ὄλβιος οὐδεὶς
   ἀνθρώπων ὁπόσους ἠέλιος καθορᾷ.
B.A. van Groningen ad loc.:
Sophocles, fragment 681 (tr. Hugh Lloyd-Jones):
If you go through them all, you will not find a single mortal who is fortunate in all things.

τὸν εὐτυχοῦντα πάντ' ἀριθμήσας βροτῶν
οὐκ ἔστιν ὄντως ὅντιν' εὑρήσεις ἕνα.

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