Tuesday, January 24, 2023


Equal to Our Fathers

Thucydides 2.11.2 (speech of the Spartan king Archidamus; tr. Martin Hammond):
We must not, then, show ourselves inferior to our fathers or fall short of our own reputation.

δίκαιον οὖν ἡμᾶς μήτε τῶν πατέρων χείρους φαίνεσθαι μήτε ἡμῶν αὐτῶν τῆς δόξης ἐνδεεστέρους.
The same (tr. Jeremy Mynott):
We have a duty, therefore, both to show ourselves the equals of our fathers and to live up to our own reputations.

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