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"Those whom the Gods would destroy they first make mad" appears to be of uncertain provenance. I recall reading that quote, when I was about eleven, in a version of Homer's The Iliad. Ajax was enraged because of rivalry with Achilles and slaughtered all of the sheep the Greeks hac brought to Troy as food on the hoof for the siege and that was Homer's description.

Now, using Google, I find that the phrase is also attributed to both Sophocles and Euripides. Perhaps a great quote has many fathers, or translators cannot resist improving the original.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Feb 26th, 2021 at 04:06:51 PM EST
I don't think that event is actually in The Illiad itself, I think it's part of the extended fanfic universe. So, Sophocles or Euripedes.
by Zwackus on Tue Mar 2nd, 2021 at 04:00:44 AM EST
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According to wiki, it is a quote from the Sophocles' play Antigone, but there re other versions and sources as well.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Mar 2nd, 2021 at 02:50:38 PM EST
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