Tuesday, 23 April 2013

CRATES on Simplicity

Crates the Philosopher on Simplicity

Greek Anthology book 10 104

Χαῖρε θεὰ δέσποιν̕, ἀνδρῶν ἀγαθῶν ἀγάπημα,
Εὐτελίη, κλεινῆς ἔγγονε Σωφροσύνης.
Σὴν ἀρετὴν τιμῶσιν ὅσοι τὰ δίκαἰ ἀσκοῦσιν.

Rough Translation.

Hail goddess or divine mistress of good men beloved / admired 
Simplicity of glorious begotten / born Sophrosune 
(the word order has been changed to match the metre )
Sophrosune is Moderation or Temperance.
Your virtue /excellence they honor justice /righteousness practising

Simplicity is honored /valued by those who practise righteous actions.