Classical Insults - Ancient Greeks
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.
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.
I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.
Plato, 427-347BC, The Republic
No human thing is of serious importance.
Of all animals, the boy is the most unmanageable.
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.
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