The Greek Anthology

Paperback | May 11, 2012

byLord Neaves

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 Excerpt: ...wish of Martial, that he might always be able "To look on life with placid eye, And neither fear nor wish to die." But the Greek poets were not generally cowards in this matter. This by Agathias is a fair specimen. The version is chiefly taken from Bland:--"Why fear ye death, the parent of repose, That puts an end to penury and pain? His presence once, and only once, he shows, And none have seen hini e'er return again. But maladies of every varying hue In thick succession human life pursue." jEschylus had anticipated this last idea by writing of death as the only "healer of irremediable ills." The following epigram by iEsopus takes a somewhat similar view of death as a remedy. The translation is by Dr Wellesley:--"From thee, 0 life! and from thy myriad woes, Who but by death can flee or find repose? For though sweet Nature's beauties gladden thee, The sun, the moon, the stars, the earth, the sea, All else is fear and grief; and each success Brings its retributive unhappiness." We are not indiscriminately fond of Palladas's epigrams, though Erasmus is said to have admired them. Some of them are repulsive; but the following, though exaggerated, aims at a higher tone. It is uncertain whether Palladas was a Christian:--"The Body is a torture to the Soul; A hell, a fate, a load, a stern control, That weighs it to the ground with many woes, Nor e'er allows it to enjoy repose. But from the Body, as from Death, set free, It flies to God and Immortality." We shall here insert another by Palladas as to the advantages of the mediocrity of fortune:--"Envy, as Pindar has averred, To Pity should be much preferred: The envied have a brilliant fate; Pity is given where griefs are great. But I would wish alike to be Fro...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 Excerpt: ...wish of Martial, that he might always be able "To look on life with placid eye, And neither fear nor wish to die." But the Greek...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:58 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:May 11, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217892973

ISBN - 13:9780217892971

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