Friday, October 01, 2021


Incapable of Enjoyment

Philodemus, On Anger, column 25, lines 22-35 (tr. David Armstrong and Michael McOsker; the Greek simplified by the removal of brackets etc.):
They cannot even enjoy a public spectacle because of their anger, or a bath or drinking party or a trip with any sort of people whatever or any of the things considered pleasurable, but in everything their irritations are mixed in because of a nod, a whisper, a laugh, or a reminder of the things over which they were enraged by someone...

ἡδεῖα δ' αὐτοῖς οὐδὲ θέα γίνεται διὰ τὴν ὀργήν, οὔτε λουτρὸν οὔτε συμπόσιον οὔτε ἀποδημία μεθ' ὡνδήποτε ἀνθρώπων οὔτε ἄλλο τῶν ἐπιτερπῶν εἶναι δοκούντων οὐδέν, ἀλλὰ πάντα παραμισγομένων τῶν ἐρεθισμῶν διὰ νεῦμα καὶ ψιθυρισμὸν καὶ γέλωτα καὶ τῶν ἐφ' οἷς ἐθυμώθησαν ὑπό τινος ἀνάμνησιν...

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