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Headword: Ἐν τῷ φρονεῖν γὰρ μηδὲν ἥδιστος βίος
Adler number: epsilon,1484
Translated headword: for the most pleasant life lies in understanding nothing
Vetting Status: high
Sophocles [says this]. In [the sense of] not perceiving the evils, since it will be quite ridiculous [if it were] as though he is praising witlessness.
Greek Original:
Ἐν τῷ φρονεῖν γὰρ μηδὲν ἥδιστος βίος: Σοφοκλῆς. ἐν τῷ μὴ ἀντιλαμβάνεσθαι τῶν κακῶν, ἐπεὶ ἔσται γελοιότατον, ὡς τιμῶντος τὴν ἀφροσύνην.
The headword phrase is a quotation from Sophocles, Ajax 554 (web address 1), and the entry is derived from the scholia thereto.
cf. zeta 61, kappa 425.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: daily life; ethics; philosophy; poetry; tragedy
Translated by: William Hutton on 19 June 2007@05:33:39.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 19 June 2007@06:07:14.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 30 August 2012@08:48:54.


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