Aristophanes, Clouds

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Aristophanes

οἱ γὰρ τόκοι χωροῦσιν. ἅπτε παῖ λύχνον κἄκφερε τὸ γραμματεῖον, ἵν᾿ ἀναγνῶ λαβὼν 20ὁπόσοις ὀφείλω καὶ λογίσωμαι τοὺς τόκους. φέρ᾿ ἴδω, τί ὀφείλω; δώδεκα μνᾶς Πασίᾳ. τοῦ δώδεκα μνᾶς Πασίᾳ; τί ἐχρησάμην; ὅτ᾿ ἐπριάμην τὸν κοππατίαν. οἴμοι τάλας, εἴθ᾿ ἐξεκόπην πρότερον τὸν ὀφθαλμὸν λίθῳ.

ΦΕΙΔΙΠΠΙΔΗΣ

25Φίλων, ἀδικεῖς. ἔλαυνε τὸν σαυτοῦ δρόμον.

ΣΤΡΕΨΙΑΔΗΣ

τοῦτ᾿ ἐστὶ τουτὶ τὸ κακὸν ὅ μ᾿ ἀπολώλεκεν· ὀνειροπολεῖ γὰρ καὶ καθεύδων ἱππικήν.

ΦΕΙΔΙΠΠΙΔΗΣ

πόσους δρόμους ἐλᾷ τὰ πολεμιστήρια;

ΣΤΡΕΨΙΑΔΗΣ

ἐμὲ μὲν σὺ πολλοὺς τὸν πατέρ᾿ ἐλαύνεις δρόμους. 30ἀτὰρ τί χρέος ἔβα με μετὰ τὸν Πασίαν; τρεῖς μναῖ διφρίσκου καὶ τροχοῖν Ἀμυνίᾳ.

ΦΕΙΔΙΠΠΙΔΗΣ

ἄπαγε τὸν ἵππον ἐξαλίσας οἴκαδε.

ΣΤΡΕΨΙΑΔΗΣ

ἀλλ᾿ ὦ μέλ᾿ ἐξήλικας ἐμέ γ᾿ ἐκ τῶν ἐμῶν, ὅτε καὶ δίκας ὤφληκα χἄτεροι τόκου ἐνεχυράσεσθαί φασιν.

  • 31Ἀμυνίᾳ] Ἀμεινίᾳ V fort. recte
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Clouds

Light a lamp, and bring me my ledger book, so I can count my creditors and reckon the interest. Let’s see, what do I owe? Twelve minas to Pasias. 3 What were the twelve minas to Pasias for? What did I use it for? When I bought that branded hack. Oh me oh my! I wish I’d had my eye knocked out with a stone first.

Phidippides

Philon, you’re cheating! Drive in your own lane!

Strepsiades

That’s it, that’s the bane that’s done me in; even in his sleep he dreams of riding.

Phidippides

How many laps will the war chariots be driving?

Strepsiades

It’s a good many laps you’re driving me, your father. But what arrears overtook me after Pasias? Three minas to Amynias 4 for a small seat and a pair of wheels.

Phidippides

Give the horse a good roll and take him home.

Strepsiades

Actually, dear boy, it’s me you’ve been rolling, right off my property. Now I’m on the losing side of lawsuits, and others threaten to have my goods seized in lieu of their interest.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.aristophanes-clouds.1998