[Dionysius of Halicarnassus], Ars Rhetorica

LCL 539: 404-405



καὶ εἰς τοῦτο καὶ τὸ τοῦ Ὁμήρου παραληπτέον ἐνδόξῳ κρίσει χρώμενον, ὅτι οὐδὲν μεῖζον ἀγαθὸν

ἢ ὅτε ὁμοφρονέοντε νοήμασιν οἶκον ἔχητον ἀνὴρ ἠδὲ γυνή·

τίνα μὲν ἐκ τούτου τοῖς ἐχθροῖς ἀνιαρά, τίνα δὲ ἡδέα τοῖς φίλοις. ἐπὶ τέλει δὲ καὶ εὐχῇ χρῆσθαι, ὅπως ὅ τι τάχιστα παῖδες γένοιντο, ὡς καὶ τούτων ἐπιδεῖν γάμους καὶ ᾆσαι τὸν ὑμέναιον καὶ ὑπόθεσιν ἔχειν αὖθις τοιούτων λόγων.



this you should include a quote from Homer, citing his authoritative judgment,7 to the effect that there is no greater good

than when a man and a woman with like-minded thoughts keep house.8

What pain this brings to their enemies and what pleasure to their friends! At the end pray that they may have children as soon as possible, and that you may attend their children’s weddings, sing their hymeneal song, and have an occasion, once again, for speeches such as these.

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.dionysius_halicarnassus-ars_rhetorica.2019