Forty years ago, a vast molten cavity known as the Darvaza crater – nicknamed the “door to hell” – opened up in the desert of north Turkmenistan, and has been burning ever since. Now, Canadian explorer George Kourounis has became the first to make the descent into the fiery pit to look for signs of life (x)
James Thomson (B.V.), “Proem”
hi, i've studied ancient greek, but i'm still fairly mediocre at reading it. i was wondering what the caption on this post means, because i can't get it to make sense: post/91572968556/for-readers-of thanks!
The phrase ‘θάνατος οὐδὲν διαφέρει τοῦ ζῆν' roughly translates as 'Death is no different than life' (or 'Thánatos oudèn diaphérei tou zên’ in Greek). It was believed to have been said by Thales of Miletus, as quoted in Lives of Eminent Philosophers by the biographer Diogenes Laertius. To this statement, someone asked Thales, "Why, then do not you die?" To which Thales replies, "Because it does make no difference."
The original recounting of the exchange is thus: οὐδὲν ἔφη τὸν θάνατον διαφέρειν τοῦ ζῆν. “σὺ οὖν,” ἔφη τις, “διὰ τί οὐκ ἀποθνήσκεις;” “ὅτι,” ἔφη, “οὐδὲν διαφέρει.”