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Postby John » Mon Mar 15, 2004 6:54 pm

The Greek I can't fully translate is in Loeb 249, the intro to Tacitus' Annals, p. 237. "Nor, in any case, is it given to many historians - to none, perhaps, of the greatest - to comply with the precept of Lucian (repeated almost to the letter by Ranke): Tou suggrapheos ergon en, hos epraxthay eipein." For not the most stubborn of facts can pass through the brain of a man of genius, and issue such as they entered..."

Something to the effect, In a work of history let the facts speak...?

I couldn't find the key work, epraxthay - eta-pi-rho-alpha-xi-theta-eta - in the L&S.

Many thanks.
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Postby annis » Mon Mar 15, 2004 8:15 pm

I think this is the aorist passive of [face=spionic]pra/ssw[/face].
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Re: Lucian quote

Postby Skylax » Mon Mar 15, 2004 9:10 pm

John wrote: Tou suggrapheos ergon en, hos epraxthay eipein."

[face=SPIonic]tou= suggrafe/wj e)/rgon e(/n, w(j e)pra/xqh ei)pei=n[/face]

In broken English :

"Historian's single work is to say things as it happened" (hos epraxthay is "as (it) was done", from [face=SPIonic]pra/ssw[/face][[face=SPIonic]pra/ttw[/face]], as William said)

(In French, my native language : "L'historien n'a qu'une tâche : dire les choses comme elles se sont passées.")
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Lucian quote

Postby John » Wed Mar 17, 2004 2:00 am

Many thanks for info.

I would probably benefit from a copy of ALL THE GREEK VERBS?
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