Thursday, November 04, 2021


Change of Fortune

Sophocles, Philoctetes 502-503 (tr. Richard C. Jebb):
All human destiny is full of the fear and the peril that good fortune may be followed by evil.

... πάντα δεινὰ κἀπικινδύνως βροτοῖς
κεῖται παθεῖν μὲν εὖ, παθεῖν δὲ θάτερα.
Jebb ad loc.:
The general sense is:—'There is always a danger for men that, after they have been prosperous, they may be unfortunate.'

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