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Ancient Greek Quotes: Aesop, Anacreon, & Euripides

In this article, we will take a look at the famous quotes by ancient Greek scholars, poets, and storytellers by the name of Aesop, Anacreon, and Euripides.

Aesop 

While slaves have usually been portrayed as nothing special in ancient history , this one possessed the gift of storytelling. Even today, the short stories and fables of Aesop are still well known. He would often use animals as his main characters in order to educate people on morality. There seemed to always be a lesson hidden in his words. Some of his famous pieces include “The Tortoise and the Hare,” “The Fox and the Grapes,” and the Shepherd Boy and the Wolf” which is better remembered as “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” Some of his famous words include:

1) “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. We should look at a person’s mind, not his appearance.”

2) “There’s a time for work and a time for play.”

3) “Be content with your lot.”

Anacreon

Born in 570 BC, Anacreon was an ancient Greek lyric poet, who was famous for his drinking songs and hymns. In later years, the Greek would add him to a list of canonical greats in the lyric poet department, which included eight other lucky honorees. In addition to his simplistic, short poems about wine, he also created works that centered on love and song. A quote to remember Anacreon by is:

“I sing beautiful songs and I know how to speak beautiful words.”

Euripides

While Euripides is revered as a prolific playwright in ancient Greek history , penning more than 90 plays , only 17 of his tragedies and one satire exist to this day. Calling all feminists! Euripides is known for paying attention to the position of women within Greek society, as he created rather famous text, such as Media, Trojan Women, and Electra. One of his favorite things to do was shock those watching his plays unfold across a stage. He molded characters to act and feel like real people by bringing to life the tragedy that occurred on a daily basis. In his lifetime, his plays took home many competition awards.

Born in 480 BC, Euripides is considered one of the last of the three great tragedians affiliated with classical Athens. He joined Aeschylus and Sophocles. In history, some of Euripides work has been mistaken for others, such as Critias , however , using the pieces of fragmented work , some of what he created has been salvaged. When it comes to the classical greats, it is the work of Euripides that has survived more than Aeschylus and Sophocles.

A few famous quotes associated with Euripides includes:

1) “Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad”

2) “Dance mother!
Move those old legs this way and that!!”

3) “Only a quiet conscience is able to endure the joys and sorrows of a person’s life.”

4) “Whoever neglects learning when he is young, loses the past and is dead for the future.”

5) “In a conflict, never judge until you hear both sides.”