Monday, February 12, 2024



Alcaeus, fragment 112, line 10 (tr. David A. Campbell):
For warlike men are a city's tower.

ἄνδρες γὰρ πόληος πύργος ἀρεύιοι.
Aeschylus, Persians 348-349 (tr. Herbert Weir Smyth):
Is then the city of Athens not yet despoiled?
No, while her men still live, her ramparts are impregnable.

ἔτ᾽ ἆρ᾽ Ἀθηνῶν ἔστ᾽ ἀπόρθητος πόλις;
ἀνδρῶν γὰρ ὄντων ἕρκος ἐστὶν ἀσφαλές.
Sophocles, Oedipus the King 56-57 (my translation):
Since a tower or a ship is nothing
if empty of men living together inside.

ὡς οὐδέν ἐστιν οὔτε πύργος οὔτε ναῦς
ἔρημος ἀνδρῶν μὴ ξυνοικούντων ἔσω.
Thucydides 7.77.7 (tr. Jeremy Mynott):
It is men that make a city, not walls or ships empty of men.

ἄνδρες γὰρ πόλις, καὶ οὐ τείχη οὐδὲ νῆες ἀνδρῶν κεναί.

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