aleator classicus

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Antiphon, On the choreutes 1

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ἥδιστον μέν, ὦ ἄνδρες δικασταί, ἀνθρώπῳ ὄντι μὴ γενέσθαι μηδένα κίνδυνον περὶ τοῦ σώματος, καὶ εὐχόμενος ἄν τις ταῦτα εὔξαιτο· εἰ <δ’> ἄρα τις καὶ ἀναγκάζοιτο κινδυνεύειν, τοῦτο γοῦν ὑπάρχειν, ὅπερ μέγιστον ἐγὼ νομίζω ἐν πράγματι τοιούτῳ, αὐτὸν ἑαυτῷ συνειδέναι μηδὲν ἐξημαρτηκότι, ἀλλ’ εἴ τις καὶ συμφορὰ γίγνοιτο, ἄνευ κακότητος καὶ αἰσχύνης γίγνεσθαι, καὶ τύχῃ μᾶλλον ἢ ἀδικίᾳ.

It would be sweetest, gentlemen of the jury, for no bodily peril to come to one who is but human; and when anyone prays, that is what they would pray for. But if anyone is compelled to face peril, they would pray that this at least should be the case – a thing which I consider to be most important in a matter of this sort – that they might have full consciousness that they have done no wrong. If some misfortune should happen, it will be without any cowardice or shame, and because of chance rather than wrongdoing.

Written by aleatorclassicus

September 1, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Posted in Antiphon

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