Chapter 27

27.1 ὥσπερ σκοπὸς πρὸς τὸ ἀποτυχεῖν οὐ τίθεται, οὕτως οὐδὲ κακοῦ φύσις ἐν κόσμῳ γίνεται.

The Nature of Evil Does not Arise in the Universe

The exact meaning of this sentence is obscure. A comparison is drawn between missing a target and the nature of evil within the universe. [more]

ἀποτυχεῖν: > ἀποτυγχάνω, aor. infin.

σκοπός, -οῦ, ὁ, target, mark

ἀποτυγχάνω, ἀποτεύξομαι, ἀπέτυχον, to fail in attaining, miss

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Suggested Citation

Albert Watanabe, Epictetus: Encheiridion. Carlisle, Pennsylvania: Dickinson College Commentaries, 2020. ISBN: 978-1-947822-13-9.