Thursday, November 25, 2021


Orderliness and Its Opposite

Hesiod, Works and Days 471-472 (tr. M.L. West):
Good order is best for mortal men, and bad order is worst.

                                          ἐυθημοσύνη γὰρ ἀρίστη
θνητοῖς ἀνθρώποις, κακοθημοσύνη δὲ κακίστη.
κακοθημοσύνη is a hapax legomenon. Homer has ὑποθημοσύνη = advice, counsel, warning. The nouns all come from τίθημι.

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