26 February 2012

Aoidoi: Cleanthes' Hymn to Zeus

Newly commented, Cleanthes' Hymn to Zeus, for a little Stoic reading.

22 February 2012

Scholiastae: Lucian "Pan and Hermes" and Alciphron 1.3

Two more brief texts for Scholiastae.org: Dialog of the Gods 2, Pan and Hermes; and Alciphron 1.3, Glaucus to his wife Galataea.

07 February 2012

Aoidoi: Bion 9 and 11

I've worked up two shorter fragments by Bion. I was looking something up recently in Theocritus, and happened to notice the smaller of Bion's works hanging out way at the end of the book (the OCT Bucolici Graeci), and found them straightforward to read, even in dialect.

Bion 9 is about whom the Muses will and will not help. Bion 11 is an appeal to Hesperus, the evening start.

06 February 2012

Scholiastae: a little Lucian, a little Alciphron

Two new texts today for Scholiastae. First, I took the wiki version of Dialog of the Dead 13 by Lucian, tidied up some of the comments and amplified a few others. I'm not entirely certain I'm going to keep this style for giving character names, but it's less fussy than some formats I've seen: Lucian's Dialog of the Dead 13: Diogenes and Alexander.

The other text is one of Alciphron's letters, from Thaïs to Euthydemos. Thaïs, a courtesan, is trying to get Euthydemos to stop hanging out with philosophers.

This letter drew me first because of the pot shot it takes at Socrates near the end:

ἐπεὶ σύγκρινον, εἰ βούλει, Ἀσπασίαν τὴν ἑταίραν καὶ Σωκράτην τὸν σοφιστήν, καὶ πότερος ἀμείνους αὐτῶν ἐπαίδευσεν ἄνδρας λόγισαι· τῆς μὲν γὰρ ὄψει μαθητὴν Περικλέα, τοῦ δὲ Κριτίαν.

But compare, if you will, Aspasia the courtesan and Socrates the sophist, and decide which of them better instructs men. For you will see that Pericles was her student and Critias was his.

A more puzzling argument Thaïs makes earlier is, οὐ λέγομεν θεοὺς οὐκ εἶναι, ἀλλὰ πιστεύομεν ὀμνύουσι τοῖς ἐρασταῖς ὅτι φιλοῦσιν ἡμᾶς we do not say that the gods don't exist, but we believe our lovers when they swear that they love us. The line of reasoning in this escapes me.

Some of Alciphron's letters are frankly a bit tedious, but they have been widely regarded as models of Attic style. I'll be doing a few more of them, at least.