Money Makes the Man by Alcaeus of Mytilene

In Sparta once Aristodemus,
So the story ran,
A maxim full of wisdom uttered:
“Money makes the man.”
For valour leaves the wretch that’s poor,
And honour shuns the pauper’s door.

From: Easby-Smith, James S, The Songs of Alcaeus, memoir and text; with literal translations and notes by James S Easby-Smith, 1901, W H Lowdermilk: Washington, p. 85.

Date: 1901 (translated)

By: Alcaeus of Mytilene (c620BC-6th century BCE)

Translated by: James Stanislaus Easby-Smith (1870-1948)


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