Hyperides, Funeral Speech

LCL 395: 536-537

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Τῶν μὲν λόγων τ[ῶν μελ]λόντων1 ῥηθήσεσ[θαι ἐπὶ] τῷδε τῷ τάφῳ [περί τε]2 Λεωσθένους τοῦ στ[ρατη]γοῦ καὶ περὶ τῶν ἄ[λλων] τῶν μετ᾿ ἐκείνου [τετελ]ευτηκότων ἐν τ[ῷ πολ]έμῳ, ὡς ἦσαν ἄν[δρες ἀ]γαθοί, μά[ρτυς3 αὐτὸς ὁ χ]ρόνος4 ὁ σ . . . . . . . . . . . . ωι τὰς πρ[άξεις5 . . . . . . . . . ]ς ἀνθρω[π . . . . . ν] πω κα[ . . . . . . . . . . ἑ]ώρακε ωρ . . . . [ἐν τῷ π]αντὶ αἰῶ[νι . . . . . . . . . γ]εγενη[. . . . . . . οὔτε] ἄνδρας [ἀμείνους τῶν] τετελευτ[ηκότων] οὔτε 2πρ[άξεις μεγαλ]οπρεπεστ[έρας. διὸ] καὶ μάλιστα [νῦν φοβοῦ]μαι,6 μή μοι συμ[βῇ τὸν λ]όγον ἐλάττ[ω φαίν]εσθαι τῶν ἔρ[γων] τῶν γεγενη[μέ]νων. πλὴν κατ᾿ [ἐκεῖ]νό γε πάλιν θα[ρρῶ ὅ]τι τὰ ὑπ᾿ ἐμοῦ <ἐ>κ[λει]πόμενα7 ὑμεῖς οἱ ἀκούοντες προσθήσετε· οὐ γὰρ ἐ<ν> τοῖς τυχοῦσιν οἱ λόγοι ῥηθήσονται, [col. 2]ἀλλ᾿ ἐν αὐτοῖς τοῖς μάρτυσι τῶν <ἐκ>είνοι[ς π]επραγμένων. 3ἄξιον δέ [ἐσ]τιν ἐπαινεῖν <τ>ὴν μὲν [πό]λιν ἡμῶν <τ>ῆς προαιρέ[σεω]ς ἕνεκεν, τὸ προε[λέσθ]αι ὅμοια καὶ ἔτι σε[μνό]τερα καὶ καλλίω τῶν [πρότ]ερον αὐτῇ πεπρα[γμέ]νων, τοὺς δὲ τετε[λευ]τηκότας τῆς ἀνδρείας τῆς ἐν τῷ πολέμῳ, τὸ μὴ καταισχῦναι τὰς τῶν προγόνων ἀρετάς, τὸν

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Funeral Speech

Funeral Speech

The words to be pronounced above this grave, a tribute to Leosthenes the general and the others who have perished with him in the war, for the courage they have shown, have as their witness time itself . . .a nor better men than these now dead nor more resplendent actions. Indeed my greatest doubt to-day is lest my speech may prove unworthy of their exploits. I am, however, taking heart in this assurance: that what I leave unsaid will be supplied by you who hear me; for my listeners will be no random audience but the persons who themselves have witnessed the actions of these men. While praise is due to Athens for her policy, for choosing as she did a course not only ranking with her past achievements but even surpassing them in pride and honour, and to the fallen also for their gallantry in battle, for proving worthy of their forbears’ valour, to Leosthenes

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.hyperides-funeral_speech.1954