aleator classicus

Reading at Random in Classical Literature

Lucian, Hermotimus 1

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Hermotimus quotes the famous first line of Hippocrates’ Aphorisms:

χρὴ δὲ μηδένα καιρόν, οἶμαι, παριέναι εἰδότας ἀληθὲς ὂν τὸ ὑπὸ τοῦ Κῴου ἰατροῦ εἰρημένον, ὡς ἄρα “βραχὺς μὲν ὁ βίος, μακρὴ δὲ ἡ τέχην.”

We must not, I think, pass by any opportunity, knowing as we do that what the Coan doctor said is true: ‘Life is short, but art is long.’

Written by aleatorclassicus

October 11, 2012 at 12:00 PM

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