Sunday, September 18, 2022


A Rural Retreat

Amphis, fragment 17 (tr. S. Douglas Olson):
Then isn't isolation as good as gold?
The fundamental source of a good life for human beings is a piece of land;
it's the only thing capable of concealing poverty.
Whereas the city is a theatre full of patent bad luck.

εἶτ' οὐχὶ χρυσοῦν ἐστι πρᾶγμ' ἐρημία;
ὁ πατήρ γε τοῦ ζῆν ἐστιν ἀνθρώποις ἀγρός,
πενίαν τε συγκρύπτειν ἐπιστάται μόνος·
ἄστυ δὲ θέατρον ἀτυχίας σαφοῦς γέμον.

2 πατήρ codd.: δοτήρ Elter: σωτήρ Kock

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