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Εἰς τὴν ἑαυτοῦ βίβλον.

Λουκιανὸς τάδ᾿ ἔγραψα1 παλαιά τε μωρά τε εἰδώς, μωρὰ γὰρ ἀνθρώποις καὶ τὰ δοκοῦντα σοφά. οὐδὲν ἐν ἀνθρώποισι διακριδόν2 ἐστι νόημα, ἀλλ᾿ ὃ σὺ θαυμάζεις, τοῦθ᾿ ἑτέροισι γέλως.

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Lucian

Epigram

“On his Own Book”

This is the work of Lucian’s pen, Who follies knew of bygone men. For e’en the things considered wise Are nought but folly in mine eyes. No single thought that men embrace Can merit have or pride of place. For what seems wonderful to thee Others deride with mockery.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.lucian-epigrams.1967