Thursday, July 27, 2017

"Those whom the gods destroy, they first make mad"

I was wondering about the origin of

"Those whom the gods destroy, they first make mad."

Apparently, it is a translation of the Neo-Latin

"Deus quos vult perdere, dementat prius."

And this is recorded in the late 17th century as a gloss on a line by a scholiast on Sophocles, (quoted in the 2nd century AD by Athenagoras)

"Όταν ὁ δαίμων ἀνδρὶ πορσύνῃ κακά,
τὸν νοῦν ἔβλαψε πρῶτον."

"But when the daimon plots against a man,
He first inflicts some hurt upon his mind."

Ref: http://www.roger-pearse.com/weblog/2015/10/31/is-those-whom-the-gods-wish-to-destroy-they-first-make-mad-a-classical-quotation/

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