Tuesday, October 04, 2022


Human Nature

Chariton, Callirhoe 3.3.16 (tr. G.P. Goold):
Yet man is by nature a life-loving creature and even in the worst misfortunes does not despair of a change for the better, since the god who created men has implanted this illusion in all so that they should not run away from the misery of life.

φύσει δὲ φιλόζωόν ἐστιν ἄνθρωπος καὶ οὐδὲ ἐν ταῖς ἐσχάταις συμφοραῖς ἀπελπίζει τὴν πρὸς τὸ βέλτιον μεταβολήν, τοῦ δημιουργήσαντος θεοῦ τὸ σόφισμα τοῦτο πᾶσιν ἐγκατασπείραντος, ἵνα μὴ φύγωσι βίον ταλαίπωρον.

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