“Delphic Maxims”

Category: Ancient Learning > Ethical Maxims

Many contemporary practitioners of Hellenic Polytheism are familiar with the so-called Delphic Maxims, but historically, this is not so much a specific text, but a genre. These lists or catalogues of ethical commands are attributed variously to Apollon, the Seven Sages, or both. The best known collection, although generally attributed to the god by modern believers, is transmitted under the name Injunctions of the Seven Sages and attributed to one Sosiades. It is translated here along with other representatives of the genre: