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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.

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January 30, 2013 at 12:00 PM

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Archilochus, fr.17 (West)

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πάντα πόνος τεύχει θνητοῖς μελέτη τε βροτείη.

Toil and human effort bring about everything for mortals.

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September 7, 2012 at 12:00 PM

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Archilochus, fr. 201(W)

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Famous now because the title of Isaiah Berlin’s essay alludes to it.

πόλλ’ οἶδ’ ἀλώπηξ, ἀλλ’ ἐχῖνος ἓν μέγα.

The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows just one – and it’s a big thing.

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April 19, 2012 at 12:00 PM

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