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Headword: *eu)sebei=n
Adler number: epsilon,3736
Translated headword: to act piously
Vetting Status: high
"We ought [to act piously] toward what relates to the god, since father Zeus regards all else as secondary."[1]
And elsewhere another [writer] says: "the only road toward happiness shown to mankind by god is the one through virtue. And the most valuable thing in it and, so to speak, the foundation of virtue as a whole is piety; for this alone adequately takes care of human affairs and becomes a good guide for humans with regard to divine matters."[2]
Greek Original:
*eu)sebei=n dei= ta\ pro\s qeo/n, w(s ta)=lla pa/nta deu/ter' h(gei=tai path\r *zeu/s. kai\ au)=qis e(/teros le/gei: o(do\s a)nqrw/pois ei)s eu)daimoni/an u(po\ qeou= katedei/xqh mi/a dia\ th=s a)reth=s. timiw/taton de\ e)n au)th=| kai\ w(/sper kefa/laion a)reth=s a(pa/shs eu)se/beia: mo/nh ga\r au(/th tw=n a)nqrwpi/nwn pragma/twn i(kanw=s e)pimelei=tai kai\ pro\s ta\ qei=a gi/netai h(gemw\n a)nqrw/pois a)gaqh/.
cf. epsilon 3735.
[1] Sophocles, Philoctetes 1441-3 (with "gods" there: web address 1).
[2] Tentatively attributed by Adler to Damascius; now Damascius, Life of Isidore fr. 386 Zintzen.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: ethics; philosophy; religion; tragedy
Translated by: Marcelo Boeri on 17 November 2000@18:30:31.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (Modified translation) on 18 November 2000@23:38:06.
David Whitehead (added notes and keyword; cosmetics) on 28 May 2001@10:07:46.
David Whitehead (updated note; tweaking) on 14 November 2012@08:55:19.
David Whitehead (coding) on 15 March 2016@09:26:10.
Catharine Roth (added a link) on 1 March 2018@01:39:50.


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