In the tragedy Medea (431 BC), Euripides describes the protagonist’s feeling about her exile.

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For nothing is like the sorrow or supersedes the sadness of losing your native land. Translation by Paul Roche in Three Plays of Euripides: Alcestis, Medea, The Bacchae. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1974

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Of troubles none is greater than to be robbed of one’s native land. Translation by David Kovacs in Cyclops. Alcestis. Medea. (Loeb Classical Library No. 12). Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1994

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There is no greater sorrow on earth than the loss of one’s native land.UNHCR in its motto

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What greater grief than the loss of one’s native land.

There is no sorrow above the loss of a native land.