The Use of Friends

2010-12-21

This evening I translated a few more fragments of Epicurus, specifically numbers 34, 35, and 37 in the collection known as the Vatican Sayings. I'm especially satisfied with my rendering of #34, because I feel that it captures Epicurus' pun on the Greek word χρεία...

The use of friends is not that they are useful, but that we can trust in their usefulness.

I'm still hoping to finish my translation of the Vatican Sayings by the end of the year...


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