Chapter 50

50.1 Ὅσα προτίθεσαι, τούτοις ὡς νόμοις ἔμμενε, ὡς ἀσεβήσων ἂν παραβῇς τι τούτων. τί δὲ ἐρεῖ τις περί σου, μὴ ἐπιστρέφου· τοῦτο γὰρ οὐκέτι ἐστὶ σόν.

Stick to Your Principles

Adhere to your principles as if they were laws; consider it a sacrilege if you violate them.

ὡς ἀσεβήσων: ὡς with fut. part. = “as if” (S. 2086b).

τί: indirect question after μὴ ἐπιστρέφου

ἐπιστρέφου: 2 sg. pres. mid. imper.

σόν: “a matter of concern for you,” “your problem”

προτίθημι, προτιθήσω, προὔθηκα, to set before, propose (as a principle)

ἐμμένω, ἐμμενῶ, ἤμμεινα, to abide, adhere + dat.

ἀσεβέω, ἀσεβήσω, ἠσέβησα, to act profanely, sacrilegiously

παραβαίνω, παραβήσομαι, παρεβησάμην, to transgress, violate

ἐρῶ, Attic future of εἴρω, will say

ἐπιστρέφω, ἐπιστρέψω, ἐπέστρεψα, to pay attention

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Suggested Citation

Albert Watanabe, Epictetus: Encheiridion. Carlisle, Pennsylvania: Dickinson College Commentaries, 2020. ISBN: 978-1-947822-13-9.
http://dcc.dickinson.edu/epictetus-encheiridion/chapter-50