Composing Balanced Autobiography


Libanius, On His Own Fortune:

“I must try to correct those who get the wrong impression about my fortune – those who say that I am the most fortunate of people from the crowds flocking to my speeches, and those who think that I am the most hard-pressed from my unremitting pains and toils. I say that I must, by a strict accounting of my earlier and current circumstances, correct each of these opinions, mixed as they are with some measure of truth, so that all can see that the gods have mixed the gifts of fortune for me, and that I am neither the most fortunate nor the most ill-starred person, lest the dart of Nemesis pierce me.”

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Τοὺς δὲ περὶ τῆς ἐμῆς τύχης οὐ τὰ εἰκότα δοξάσαντας, οὔθ’ ὅσοι με ἀνθρώπων εὐδαιμονέστατον εἶναί φασιν ἀπὸ τούτων δὴ τῶν ἐπὶ τοῖς λόγοις θορύβων οὔθ’ ὅσοι τῶν ὄντων ἀθλιώτατον…

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