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Hyperides, Funeral oration 42

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From a speech in honour of the Athenian war-dead, which survives in fragmentary form on papyrus.

εἰ δὲ γήρως θνητοῦ μὴ μετέσχον, ἀλλ’ εὐδοξίαν ἀγήρατον εἰλήφασιν, εὐδαίμονές τε γεγόνασι κατὰ πάντα.

Although they had no share in mortal old age, still they have received an ageless fame, and in every way they have become happy.

Compare this excerpt from Pericles’ funeral speech.

Written by aleatorclassicus

August 29, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Posted in Hyperides

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