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Translating about Zeno and Antigonus

Postby godingly » Mon Mar 14, 2016 3:03 pm

Hey, I'm trying to translate the following:
"ζήνωνος τελευτήσαντος Ἀντίγονος ὁ δεύτερος, βασιλεύς τῶν Μακεδόνων, ἔλεγεν ὅτι τὸ τῶν ἑαυτοῦ ἔργων θέατρον ἀνῃρημένον εἴη
What I got is: He said that the theater of his works was [in a state of, perfect] achievement (??)"
I know this isn't right. What did I get wrong?

edit: corrected typos, thanks Paul.
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Re: Translating about Zeno and Antigonus

Postby Paul Derouda » Mon Mar 14, 2016 3:28 pm

"After the death of Zeno, Antigonus II, the king of the Macedonians, said that the theatre of his (Antigonus') achievements had been taken away/destroyed."
I'm not sure what this means. Ελεγεμ is a typo for ελεγεν, μακεδονω for μακεδονων.

The optative ειη is used because it expresses the opinion of Antigonus, but the writer does not want say if he agrees or not.
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Re: Translating about Zeno and Antigonus

Postby mwh » Tue Mar 15, 2016 3:08 am

Diogenes Laertius’ Life of Zeno (7.1.15):
λέγεται δὲ καὶ μετὰ τὴν τελευτὴν τοῦ Ζήνωνος εἰπεῖν τὸν Ἀντίγονον, οἷον εἴη θέατρον ἀπολωλεκώς.

Zeno had been unimpressed by Antigonus’ weath and power. Apocryphal, obviously.
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Re: Translating about Zeno and Antigonus

Postby Paul Derouda » Tue Mar 15, 2016 7:07 am

The passage cited by mwh maked more sense to me. Θεατρον must mean "audience".
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