Category Archives: Ephemerides

Ephemerides

As some of you have noticed, I have been unable to keep up my Joke of the Day (Ioci Antiqui) feature. As a partial substitute, I have set up the last of the categories in the left-hand column: Ephemerides, with … Continue reading

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Fragmentary Wisdom

Euripides, Fragment 1018 Kannicht, from an unknown play: ὁ νοῦς γὰρ ἡμῶν ἐστιν ἐν ἑκάστῳ θεός. For in each of us our mind is a god.

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The Last of Timon’s Last Words

Book VII of the Greek Anthology includes a sequence of eight supposed epitaphs of Timon of Athens, the famous misanthrope, epigrams 313-320. Having already posted seven of them, here is the eighth, by “Zenodotus or Rhianus” (A.P. 7.315), with W. … Continue reading

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More Timonean Rudeness

This is the work of “Leonidas or Antipater” (A.P. 7.316). By including it in Hellenistic Epigrams as Leonidas C, Gow and Page imply that it is likely to be by Leonidas of Tarentum or Antipater of Sidon, not their later … Continue reading

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Aphorism of the Day

Existen normas del buen gusto, pero no podemos conocerlas.Sólo podemos aplicarlas. Standards of good taste exist, but we cannot know them.We can only apply them. (Nicolás Gómez Dávila, Escolios a un Texto Implícito, 2.330) As one of my teachers in … Continue reading

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Aphorism of the Day

La “instrucción” es toxina letal para el espíritu. “Education” is a lethal toxin for the soul. (Nicolás Gómez Dávila, Escolios a un Texto Implícito, 2.179)

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Two Anonymous Epigrams on Timon

This hexameter couplet purports to be the inscription on Timon’s tomb. It is A.P. 7.313, with the author given as ‘anonymous’, though Plutarch, in his life of Mark Antony (§ 70), says that Timon wrote it himself. Ἐνθαδ᾿ ἀπορρήξας ψυχὴν … Continue reading

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Aphorism of the Day

El pueblo fue rico espiritualmente hasta que los semieducados resolvieron educarlo. The People were spiritually rich until the half-educated decided to educate them. (Nicolás Gómez Dávila, Escolios a un Texto Implícito, 2.178)

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Two More Epigrams on Timon

This is Hegesippus VIII in Gow and Page, Hellenistic Epigrams, A.P. 7.320: Ὀξεῖαι πάντη περὶ τὸν τάφον εἰσὶν ἄκανθαι     καὶ σκόλοπες· βλάψεις τοὺς πόδας, ἢν προσίῃς· Τίμων μισάνθρωπος ἐνοικέω· ἀλλὰ πάρελθε,     οἰμώζειν εἴπας πολλά, πάρελθε μόνον. All around the tomb … Continue reading

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Aphorism of the Day

El hombre actual no vive en el espacio y en el tiempo. Sino en la geometria y los cronómetros. Modern man does not live in space and time. Rather in geometry and clocks. (Nicolás Gómez Dávila, Escolios a un Texto … Continue reading

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Two Epigrams on Timon the Misanthrope

These are Callimachus LI and LII in Gow and Page, Hellenistic Epigrams, 7.317-318 in the Greek Anthology. The first is a dialogue, with the translation mostly borrowed from Paton’s Loeb: — Τίμων, οὐ γὰρ ἔτ᾿ ἐσσί, τί τοι, σκότος ἢ … Continue reading

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Oops!

The Role of Women in Thucydides would be — perhaps is — a very short book, but there are a few interesting appearances. This passage in particular caught my eye: καὶ ὁ νεὼς τῆς Ἥρας τοῦ αὐτοῦ θέρους ἐν Ἀργει … Continue reading

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A Boring Epigram

Just to show that even Palladas can be boring, here is the shorter of his two surviving epigrams about grafting pear trees (A.P. 9.6): ᾿Αχρὰς ἔην· θῆκας σέο χερσὶ μυρίπνοον ὄχνην     δένδρῳ πτόρθον ἐνείς· σὴν χάριν εἰς σὲ φέρω. I … Continue reading

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An Ancient Vegan Feast

Not Palladas but Ammianus this time (A.P. 11.413): Ὡς κῆπον τεθυκώς, δεῖπνον παρέθηκεν Ἀπελλῆς,     οἰόμενος βόσκειν ἀντὶ φίλων πρόβατα. ἦν ῥαφανίς, σέρις ἦν, τῆλις, θρίδακες, πράσα, βολβοί,     ὤκιμον, ἡδύσμον, πήγανον, ἀσπάραγος· δείσας δ᾿ ἐκ τούτων μὴ καὶ χόρτον παραθῇ μοι, … Continue reading

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On a Blockish Orator

Palladas again (A.Pl. 317): Κωφὸν ἄναυδον ὁρῶν τὸν Γέσσιον, εἰ λίθος ἐστί,     Δήλιε, μαντεύου, τίς τίνος ἐστὶ λίθος. Looking here on Gessius, dumb and speechless, if he be of stone, tell by thy sooth, Delian Apollo, which is the stone … Continue reading

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Grammatical Humor

Palladas once more (A.P. 9.489): Γραμματικοῦ θυγάτηρ ἔτεκεν φιλότητι μιγεῖσα     παιδίον ἀρσενικόν, θηλυκόν, οὐδέτερον. A grammarian’s daughter, having known a man, gave birth to a child which was masculine, feminine, and neuter. (translated by W. R. Paton)

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By Request

Since Laudator Temporis Acti asks for more, here’s another epigram of Palladas. I teach high school, and my students occasionally read this weblog, so I won’t be able to print the one to which he alludes in his last line … Continue reading

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Aphorism of the Day

El órgano del placer es la inteligencia. The organ of pleasure is the intellect. (Nicolás Gómez Dávila, Escolios a un Texto Implícito, 2.84)

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Late Antique Snobbery

Another epigram of Palladas (A.P. 10.98): Πᾶς τις ἀπαίδευτος φρονιμώτατός ἐστι σιωπῶν,     τὸν λόγον ἐγκρύπτων ὡς πάθος αἰσχρότατον. Every uneducated man is wisest if he remains silent, hiding his speech like a disgraceful disease. (translated by W. R. Paton)

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Half-Empty or Half-Full? Take Your Pick.

Those who found the last epigram a bit morbid may wish to skip the first of this matched pair: “Posidippus, or Plato the Comic Poet” (A.P. 9.359): Ποίην τις βιότοιο τάμῃ τρίβον; εἰν ἀγορῇ μὲν     νείκεα καὶ χαλεπαὶ πρήξιες· ἐν … Continue reading

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