Wednesday, November 03, 2021


In a Bad Place

Sophocles, Philoctetes 456-458 (tr. Richard C. Jebb):
Where the worse man is stronger than the good,
—where honesty fails and the dastard bears sway,—
among such men will I never make my friends.

ὅπου δ᾽ ὁ χείρων τἀγαθοῦ μεῖζον σθένει
κἀποφθίνει τὰ χρηστὰ χὠ δειλὸς κρατεῖ,
τούτους ἐγὼ τοὺς ἄνδρας οὐ στέρξω ποτέ.

457 δειλὸς Brunck: δεινὸς codd.

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