Andrey (azangru) wrote,


Brave men were living before Agamemnon
And since, exceeding valorous and sage,
A good deal like him too, though quite the same none;
But then they shone not on the poet's page,
And so have been forgotten

Это пересказ строфы из оды Горация:

Vixere fortes ante Agamemnona
multi; sed omnes inlacrimabiles
urgentur ignotique longa
nocte, carent quia uate sacro.

В русском переводе (вроде как Гинцбурга):

Немало храбрых до Агамемнона
На свете жило, вечный, однако, мрак
Гнетет их всех, без слез, в забвеньи:
Вещего не дал им рок поэта.

У Гнедич уже:

И до и после славного Ахилла
Цвели мужи, не худшие, чем он,
Но песнь поэта нам не сохранила
Ни славы их, ни доблестных имен.

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