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Phaedo by Plato

Postby ChssCarr » Mon Sep 06, 2004 2:06 am

Latin Scholars,

I am a student in my first semester in the study of Latin.

My particular class is focusing primarily on the translation of Latin to English. Therefore, I cannot translate English to Latin very well at all.

Could anyone help me out with the translation of the following phrase from [u]The Phaedo[/u] by Plato.

"To use words wrongly is not only a fault in itself, it also creates evil in the soul."

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Postby whiteoctave » Mon Sep 06, 2004 8:41 pm

it is of course impossible to demand 'the' translation, for the essence of language is fluidity of expression. a possible rendering may be 'uerbis abuti non solum est uitium per se sed mala in anima efficit'.
if you're a man of industry, you should consult the work of marsilio ficino, the fifteenth century scholar who translated the whole works of plato into polished latin prose.

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