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Classical Insults - Ancient Greeks

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Classical Insults
Aesop
Ancient Rome
Ancient Greece
Homer

We are all clever enough at envying a famous man while he is yet alive and at praising him when he is dead.
Mimnermus, c. 630BC

When a man dies, all his glory among men dies also.
Stesichorus, 630-580BC

One that bath wine as a chain about his wits, such a one lives no life at all.
Alcaeus, c 580BC

He who mistrusts most should be trusted least.
Theognis, c 490BC

For whomsoever I do good, they harm me most.
Sappho of Lesbos, c. 610BC

Put not thy faith in any Greek.
Euripides, 484-406BC, Iphigenia in Tauris

Too lightly opened are a woman's ears.
Aeschylus, 525-456BC, Ajax

Lodgings - free from bugs and fleas if possible, if you know of any such.
Aristophanes, 446-380BC, Frogs

He collected audiences around him, and flourished and exhibited and harangued.
Ibid.

I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.
Plato, 427-347BC, The Republic

No human thing is of serious importance.
Ibid.

Of all animals, the boy is the most unmanageable.
Ibid.

Mothers are fonder of their children than fathers, for they have a more painful share in their production, and they are more certain that they art their own.
Aristotle, 384-322BC, Nicomachean Ethics

One more such victory and we are lost.
Pyrrhus, on beating the Romans at the Battle of Asculum

The ape, the vilest of beasts - how like to us.
Quintus Ennius

I only wish I may see your head stroked down with a slipper.
Terence, 185-I 59BC, Eunuchus

Demosthenes: The Athenians will kill you, Phocion, if they go crazy. Phocion: But they will kill you if they come to their senses.
Phocion, c. 402-317BC

 

 


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