aleator classicus

Reading at Random in Classical Literature

Archilochus, fr.133

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οὔτις αἰδοῖος μετ’ ἀστῶν καὶ περίφημος θανὼν
γίνεται· χάριν δὲ μᾶλλον τοῦ ζοοῦ διώκομεν
οἱ ζοοί, κάκιστα δ’ αἰεὶ τῷ θανόντι γίνεται.

No one is respected among the citizens when he is dead, not even if he is well known. But rather we living curry the favour of the living, and things are always worst for the dead.

Written by aleatorclassicus

January 30, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Posted in Archilochus

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