Frasi di Omero

 Omero foto
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Data di nascita: 750


Omero è il nome con cui è storicamente identificato il noto poeta greco autore dell'Iliade e dell'Odissea, i due massimi poemi epici della letteratura greca. Nell'antichità gli erano state attribuite anche altre opere: il poemetto giocoso Batracomiomachia, i cosiddetti Inni omerici, il poemetto Margite e vari poemi del Ciclo epico.

Già dubbie le attribuzioni della sua opera presso gli antichi, a partire dalla seconda metà del Seicento si iniziò a mettere in discussione l'esistenza stessa del poeta, dando inizio alla cosiddetta "questione omerica".

Frasi Omero


„[Sulle citazioni] Parole alate.“

—  Omero
citato in Giuseppe Fumagalli, Chi l'ha detto?, Hoepli

„Afrodita, amante de la risa“

—  Omero
La Ilíada y La Odisea


„There is the heat of Love,
the pulsing rush of Longing, the lover's whisper,
irresistible—magic to make the sanest man go mad.“

—  Homér, The Iliad
XIV. 216–217 (tr. Robert Fagles). Alexander Pope's translation: : In this was every art, and every charm, To win the wisest, and the coldest warm: Fond love, the gentle vow, the gay desire, The kind deceit, the still reviving fire, Persuasive speech, and more persuasive sighs, Silence that spoke, and eloquence of eyes.

„Who dares think one thing, and another tell,
My heart detests him as the gates of hell.“

—  Homér, The Iliad
IX. 312–313 (tr. Alexander Pope). A. H. Chase and W. G. Perry, Jr.'s translation: : Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is the man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.

„Even in the house of Hades there is left something,
a soul and an image, but there is no real heart of life in it.“

—  Homér
Context: Oh, wonder! Even in the house of Hades there is left something, a soul and an image, but there is no real heart of life in it. XXIII. 103–104 (tr. R. Lattimore); Achilles after seeing Patroclus' ghost.

„Rage—Goddess, sing the rage of Peleus' son Achilles“

—  Homér
Context: Rage—Goddess, sing the rage of Peleus' son Achilles, murderous, doomed, that cost the Achaeans countless losses, hurling down to the House of Death so many sturdy souls, great fighters' souls, but made their bodies carrion, feasts for the dogs and birds. I. 1–5 (tr. Robert Fagles).


„Better to flee from death than feel its grip.“

—  Homér
Context: No shame in running, fleeing disaster, even in pitch darkness. Better to flee from death than feel its grip. XIV. 80–81 (tr. Robert Fagles). Richmond Lattimore's translation: : There is no shame in running, even by night, from disaster. The man does better who runs from disaster than he who is caught by it.

„Never to be cast away are the gifts of the gods“

—  Homér
Context: Yet do not bring up against me the sweet favours of golden Aphrodite. Never to be cast away are the gifts of the gods, magnificent, which they give of their own will, no man could have them for wanting them. III. 64–66 (tr. Richmond Lattimore).

„Welcome the coming, speed the parting guest.“

—  Homér
Context: Alike he thwarts the hospitable end, Who drives the free, or stays the hasty friend: True friendship's laws are by this rule expressed, Welcome the coming, speed the parting guest. XV. 72–74 (tr. Alexander Pope).

„Nobody's killing me now by fraud and not by force!“

—  Homér
Context: Nobody, friends’—Polyphemus bellowed back from his cave— ‘Nobody's killing me now by fraud and not by force! IX. 407–408 (tr. Robert Fagles).

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