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Euripides – Theseus, your advice is not helping

August 16, 2014

“Fate exempts no man; all men are flawed…
… and so the gods, unless the poets lie.
Do not the gods commit adultery?
Have they not cast their fathers into chains,
In pursuit of power? Yet all the same,
Despite their crimes, they live upon Olympos.
How dare you then, mortal that you are,
To protest your fate, when the gods do not?”

(from Heracles, translated by William Arrowsmith)


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