My thumos! Keep turning and showing a new side of your versatile nature in each encounter with every philos.- Theognis of Megara (213-218)
Keep mixing your temperament to match that of each philos.
Have the temperament of a complex octopus, who always looks like whatever rock he has just clung to.
Now be like this; then, at another time, become someone else in your coloring.
It is true to say that sophia is better than being atropos.
The last word in this passage, a-tropos is all-important. It means 'having no versatility, having no power to turn'; cf. Odysseus at Odyssey (i 1) as polu-tropos ‘having much versatility, having many ways to turn’. Such themes are relevant to the description of Odysseus as polu-tropos in Odyssey (i 1). This word, meaning ‘turning many different ways’, is applied to Odysseus because this hero can change his identity to match wherever he is. He can be different things to different people by literally turning himself into a different person. As we see from the verses of Theognis (213-218), the octopus as pictured as such a personality, since this animal can change its color to match wherever it is.