Saturday, November 25, 2023

Archilochus to Aisimides

Archilochus, fragment 14 West (tr. J.M. Edmonds):
No man, Aesimides, would enjoy very many delights who heeded the censure of the people.

Αἰσιμίδη, δήμου μὲν ἐπίρρησιν μελεδαίνων
    οὐδεὶς ἂν μάλα πόλλ’ ἱμερόεντα πάθοι.
Guy Davenport's translation is unreliable:
A man, Aisimides, who listens
To what people say about him
Isn't ever going to be quiet of mind.
Laura Swift ad loc.: