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Herodotus Bilingual Anthology : THE END JUDGES EVERYTHING

from Herodotus' History, * Lines 1.5.9-18, 1.30.4-1.34.3, * Translated by G. Rawlinson, * Greek Fonts


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HETHER this latter account be true, or whether the matter happened otherwise, I shall not discuss further. I shall proceed at once to point out the person who first within my own knowledge inflicted injury on the Greeks, after which I shall go forward with my history, describing equally the greater and the lesser cities. For the cities which were formerly great have most of them become insignificant; and such as are at present powerful, were weak in the olden time. I shall therefore discourse equally of both, convinced that human happiness never continues long in one stay.

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Ταῦτα μέν νυν Πέρσαι τε καὶ Φοίνικες λέγουσι. Ἐγὼ δὲ περὶ μὲν τούτων οὐκ ἔρχομαι ἐρέων ὡς οὕτως ἢ ἄλλως κως ταῦτα ἐγένετο͵ τὸν δὲ οἶδα αὐτὸς πρῶτον ὑπάρξαντα ἀδίκων ἔργων ἐς τοὺς Ἕλληνας͵ τοῦτον σημήνας προβήσομαι ἐς τὸ πρόσω τοῦ λόγου͵ ὁμοίως μικρὰ καὶ μεγάλα ἄστεα ἀνθρώπων ἐπεξιών. Τὰ γὰρ τὸ πάλαι μεγάλα ἦν͵ τὰ πολλὰ αὐτῶν σμικρὰ γέγονε· τὰ δὲ ἐπ΄ ἐμέο ἦν μεγάλα͵ πρότερον ἦν σμικρά. Τὴν ἀνθρωπηίην ὦν ἐπιστάμενος εὐδαιμονίην οὐδαμὰ ἐν τὠυτῷ μένουσαν͵ ἐπιμνήσομαι ἀμφοτέρων ὁμοίως.

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