Textkit Logo

Lucian quote

Here's where you can discuss all things Ancient Greek. Use this board to ask questions about grammar, discuss learning strategies, get translation help and more!

Lucian quote

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.
John
Textkit Neophyte
 
Posts: 3
Joined: Wed Jan 21, 2004 1:54 am

Postby annis » Mon Mar 15, 2004 8:15 pm

I think this is the aorist passive of [face=spionic]pra/ssw[/face].
William S. Annis — http://www.aoidoi.org/http://www.scholiastae.org/
τίς πατέρ' αἰνήσει εἰ μὴ κακοδαίμονες υἱοί;
annis
Textkit Zealot
 
Posts: 3397
Joined: Fri Jan 03, 2003 4:55 pm
Location: Madison, WI, USA

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.")
User avatar
Skylax
Textkit Enthusiast
 
Posts: 672
Joined: Fri Jun 06, 2003 8:18 am
Location: Belgium

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?
John
Textkit Neophyte
 
Posts: 3
Joined: Wed Jan 21, 2004 1:54 am


Return to Learning Greek

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 64 guests