To tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.
This phrase, which RFK credits to “the Greeks,” actually has a complex attribution. According to Joseph Casazza, the specific wording quoted comes from Edith Hamilton, the translator of the Aeschylean passage above. Hamilton herself is bringing together a few different sources, including a decree from Delphi in 125 BCE, a phrase from Dionysius of Halicarnassus, and the modern critical volume The Rise of the Greek Epic, by Gilbert Murray.
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