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Μὴ φῦναι τὸν ἅπαντα νικᾷ λόγον -> Not to be born is, past all prizing, best.
Sophocles, Oedipus Coloneus l. 1225

English > Greek (Woodhouse)

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The whole army came within an ace of defeat: P. εἰς ὀλίγον ἀφίκετο πᾶν τὸ στράτευμα νικηθῆναι (Thuc. 4, 129).

He came within an ace of being killed: P. παρὰ μικρὸν ἦλθεν ἀποθανεῖν (Isoc. 388).