Wednesday, April 13, 2005

It's all Greek to me!

τοσοῦτον δ' ἀπολέλοιπεν ἡ πόλις ἡμῶν περὶ τὸ φρονεῖν καὶ λέγειν τοὺς ἄλλους ἀνθρώπους, ὥσθ' οἱ ταύτης μαθηταὶ τῶν ἄλλων διδάσκαλοι γεγόνασι, καὶ τὸ τῶν Ἑλλήνων ὄνομα πεποίηκε μηκέτι τοῦ γένους ἀλλὰ τῆς διανοίας δοκεῖν εἶναι, καὶ μᾶλλον Ἕλληνας καλεῖσθαι τοὺς τῆς παιδεύσεως τῆς ἡμετέρας ἢ τοὺς τῆς κοινῆς φύσεως μετέχοντας.

- Isocrates, Panegyricus 50

"So far has our city left behind other men in thought and speech that her students have become the the teachers of others, and she has made the name 'Greeks' seem to be no longer that of a race but of intelligence, and that those be called Greeks who partake of our education rather than of our common nature."

1 comment:

Coke said...

Can I but for one second brag, seeing that my boasting will be of interest to you? I have been out of graduate school for almost a year now, mostly reading only Latin, and I was able to read this beautiful passage from Isocrates with not a single glance at the translation. Learning to read Greek must be like learning to ride a bike - in more ways than one, I assure you.
And I attribute it all to Bryn Mawr - and particularly to Hamilton's Plato class.
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