Whom the gods would destroy
The phrase "Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad" is spoken by Prometheus in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem "The Masque of Pandora". Another version ("Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad") is quoted as a "heathen proverb" in Daniel, a Model for Young Men (1854) by William Anderson Scott (1813 - 1885).
A prior Latin version is "Quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat" (Life of Samuel Johnson, 1791), but this involves (presumably the Christian) God, not 'the gods' - an earlier version has Jupiter, and the thought can be traced back to Sophocles' play Antigone, but even this appears to be a borrowing from an earlier, lost Greek play (see Euripides Misattributions).
The phrase may also refer to:
- Whom the Gods Would Destroy, a novel written by Richard P. Powell
- Thor: I, Whom the Gods Would Destroy (1988), a Marvel Graphic Novel featuring the superhero Thor
- "Whom the Gods Would Destroy", the title of Issue #126 (1966) of Thor (Marvel Comics).
- Whom the Gods Would Destroy (film), a 1919 American film directed by Frank Borzage
- Whom Gods Destroy (disambiguation), a number of other articles based on the quote
- Those Whom the Gods Detest, an album by Nile
- Whom Gods Destroy, a Star Trek episode set in a mental institution.
- Whom the Gods Would Destroy, 1st Lewis episode in Series 1.
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