Saturday, June 10, 2023


Appearance and Reality

Astydamas II, fragment 1c (from Alcmaeon; tr. M.J. Cropp):
I care not for seeming but for truth.

οὐ τοῦ δοκεῖν μοι, τῆς δ' ἀληθείας μέλει.

οὐ Gaisford: codd.
Thomas Sims, A Commentary on the Fragments of Fourth-Century Tragedy (Thesis, University of Nottingham, 2018), p. 83:
For the value of truth over appearing good cf. οὐ γὰρ δοκεῖν ἄριστος, ἀλλ' εἶναι θέλει ('for he does not wish to seem the best, but to be the best', Aesch. Sept. 592, spoken about Alcmeon's father Amphiaraus), Ag. 788–9, Eur. Telephus fr. 698, Phoenix fr. 809 TrGF.
Cf. Cicero, On Friendship 98:
virtute enim ipsa non tam multi praediti esse quam videri volunt.
and Sallust, The War with Catiline 54.6 (on Cato):
esse quam videri bonus malebat.

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