Apostatei

Marianne Stokes, Death and the Maiden, ca. 1908
Marianne Stokes, Death and the Maiden (ca. 1908)

Μόνος θεῶν γὰρ Θάνατος οὐ δώρων ἐρᾷ,
οὐδ’ ἄν τι θύων οὐδ’ ἐπισπένδων ἄνοις,
οὐδ’ ἔστι βωμὸς οὐδὲ παιωνίζεται·
μόνου δὲ Πειθὼ δαιμόνων ἀποστατεῖ
(Aeschylus, Niobe, fr. 161)

Alone of the gods, Death desires no gifts; one can gain nothing by making sacrifice or pouring libation to him, nor has he any altar, nor is he addressed in songs of praise; from him, alone among divinities, Persuasion stands aloof. (tr. Alan H. Sommerstein)

 

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