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Theognis z Megary

Datum narození: 570 př. n. l.
Datum úmrtí: 485 př. n. l.

Theognis z Megary byl antický řecký básník archaického období. Tvořil začátkem 6. stol. př. n. l. Patří k elegickým básníkům. Wikipedia

Fotka: Theognis, ed. E. Lobel, 1956 / Public domain

Citáty Theognis z Megary

„Adopt the character of the twisting octopus, which takes on the appearance of the nearby rock.“

—  Theognis of Megara

Zdroj: Elegies, Line 215.
Kontext: Adopt the character of the twisting octopus, which takes on the appearance of the nearby rock. Now follow in this direction, now turn a different hue.

„The best of all things for earthly men is not to be born and not to see the beams of the bright sun; but if born, then as quickly as possible to pass the gates of Hades, and to lie deep buried.“

—  Theognis of Megara

Originál: (el) Πάντων μὲν μὴ φῦναι ἐπιχθονίοισιν ἄριστον
μηδ' ἐσιδεῖν αὐγὰς ὀξέος ἠελίου,
φύντα δ' ὅπως ὤκιστα πύλας Ἀίδαο περῆσαι
καὶ κεῖσθαι πολλὴν γῆν ἐπαμησάμενον.
Zdroj: Elegies, Lines 425-428.

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„Even to a wicked man a divinity gives wealth, Cyrus, but to few men comes the gift of excellence.“

—  Theognis of Megara

Originál: (el) χρήματα μὲν δαίμων καὶ παγκάκῳ ἀνδρὶ δίδωσιν,
Κύρν᾽: ἀρετῆς δ᾽ ὀλίγοις ἀνδράσι μοῖρ᾽ ἕπεται.
Zdroj: Elegies, Line 149-150

„No man takes with him to Hades all his exceeding wealth.“

—  Theognis of Megara

Zdroj: Elegies, Line 725, comparable to: "For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away, his glory shall not descend after him", Psalm xlix, 17.

„We struggle onward, ignorant and blind,
For a result unknown and undesign’d;
Avoiding seeming ills, misunderstood,
Embracing evil as a seeming good.“

—  Theognis of Megara

Zdroj: Elegies, Lines 137-139, as translated by J. Banks, The Works of Hesiod, Callimachus, and Theognis (1856), p. 464

„Many bad men are rich, many good men are poor. But we will not exchange wealth for virtue along with them. One man has money now, another has money at another time. Money goes around, whereas virtue endures.“

—  Theognis of Megara

πολλοί τοι πλουτοῦσι κακοί, ἀγαθοὶ δὲ πένονται:
ἀλλ᾽ ἡμεῖς τούτοις οὐ διαμειψόμεθα
τῆς ἀρετῆς τὸν πλοῦτον, ἐπεὶ τὸ μὲν ἔμπεδον αἰεί,
χρήματα δ᾽ ἀνθρώπων ἄλλοτε ἄλλος ἔχει.
Zdroj: Elegies, Lines 315-318, also attributed to Solon

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