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Όμηρος, c. 800-750 BC ,  II
HomerHomer is the name ascribed by the Ancient Greeks to the semi-legendary author of the two epic poems, the Iliad and the Odyssey, the central works of Greek literature.
The poems were composed at some point around the late eighth or early seventh century B.C.
The influence of the Homeric epics on Western civilization has been incalculably vast, inspiring many of its most famous works of literature, music, and visual art.

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Ancient Greek

Ever to excel.

Αιέν αριστεύειν.

—  Iliad VI

The courageous man is the best in everything.

Θαρσαλέος ανήρ εν πάσιν αμείνων.

—  Odyssey VIII

This is the best omen, to fight for your country.

Είς οιωνός άριστος, αμύνεσθαι περί πάτρης.

words of Hector

—  Iliad XII

Winged words.

Έπεα πτερόεντα.

—  Iliad E’ 871

The day will come…

Έσσετ’ ήμαρ…

—  Iliad IV

What is this word that broke through the fence of your teeth?

Ποίον σε έπος φύγεν έρκος οδόντων;

—  Iliad IV

Many cities of men he saw and learned their minds.

Πολλών δ’ ανθρώπων ίδεν άστεα και νόον έγνων.

—  Odyssey I

...of Sleep and Death, who are twin brothers.

…Ύπνω και Θανάτω διδυμάοσιν.

—  Iliad XVI

Many leaders is not a good thing. Let there be one ruler, one king.

Ουκ αγαθόν πολυκοιρανίη. Είς κοίρανος έστω, είς βασιλεύς.

—  Iliad II

Each man delights in the work that suits him best.

Άλλοις γαρ τ’ άλλοισιν ανήρ επιτέρπεται έργοις.

—  Odyssey XIV

Anger inflates the mind.

Χόλος νόον οιδάνει.

—  Iliad X

As ever, god brings like and like together!

Ως αεί τον όμοιον άγει θεός ως τον όμοιον.

—  Odyssey XVII

My return home is lost, but my glory will never die.

Ώλετο μεν μοι νόστος, ατάρ κλέος άφθιτον έστα.

—  Iliad IX

Shame is not good for a man in need.

Αιδώς δ’ ουκ αγαθή κεχρημένω ανδρί παρείναι.

—  Odyssey XVII

Once a thing has been done, even the fool sees it.

Ρεχθέν δε τε νήπιος έγνω.

—  Iliad XVII

When a man is exhausted, wine will build his strength.

Ανδρί δε κεκμηώτι μένος μέγα οίνος αέξει.

—  Iliad VI

Nobody is my name.

Ούτις εμοί γ' όνομα.

—  Odyssey IX

Dreams come from Zeus.

Και γαρ τ' όναρ εκ Διός εστιν.

—  Iliad I

From whose lips the streams of words ran sweeter than honey.

Του και από γλώσσης μέλιτος γλυκίων ρέεν αυδή.

about Nestor

—  Iliad I

Breathing fury.

Μένεα πνείοντες.

—  Iliad II

Smiling through tears.

Δακρυόεν γελάσασα.

of Andromache

—  Iliad VI

A physician is worth more than several other men put together.

Ιητρὸς γαρ ανήρ πολλών αντάξιος άλλων.

—  Iliad XI

Sleep, universal king of gods and men.

Ύπνε άναξ πάντων τε θεών πάντων τ' ανθρώπων.

—  Iliad XIV

But Zeus does not bring to accomplishment all thoughts in men's minds.

Αλλ' ου Ζεὺς άνδρεσσι νοήματα πάντα τελευτά.

And you, old man, we are told you prospered once.

Και σε γέρον το πριν μεν ακούομεν όλβιον είναι.

Achilles to Priam

—  Iliad XXIV

Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns driven time and again off course, once he had plundered the hallowed heights of Troy.

Άνδρα μοι έννεπε, Μούσα, πολύτροπον, ός μάλα πολλά
πλάγχθη, επεὶ Τροίης ιερόν πτολίεθρον έπερσε·

—  Odyssey I

These things surely lie on the knees of the gods.

Ταύτα θεών εν γούνασι κείται.

—  Odyssey I

ll men need the gods.

Πάντες δὲ θεών χατέουσ' άνθρωποι.

—  Odyssey III

Gods know all things.

Θεοὶ δε τε πάντα ίσασιν.

—  Odyssey IV

We can never trust women again.

Επεὶ ουκέτι πιστά γυναιξίν.

—  Odyssey XI

Welcome words on their lips, and murder in their hearts.

Έσθλ' αγορεύοντες, κακά δε φρεσί βυσσοδόμευον.

—  Odyssey XVII

Just take in peace what gifts the gods will send.

Αλλ' ό γε σιγῇ δώρα θεών έχοι, όττι διδοίεν.

—  Odyssey XVIII


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