alea iacta esto

Death is an Obligation

Death is an obligation which we all must pay
There is not one man living who can truly say
if he will be alive or dead on the next day.
Fortune is dark; she moves, but we cannot see the way
nor can we pin her down by science and study her.
There … Go on,
Enjoy yourself, drink, call the life you live today
your own, but only that, the rest belongs to chance.

– Heracles in Euripdes’ play, Alcestis
Published by Univ of Chicago Press
Translated by Richard Lattimore


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