Delphic Maxims, or Commandments of the Seven Wise Men

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Delphic Maxims, or Commandments of the Seven Wise Men

Post by Democritus » Sat Jul 07, 2007 5:24 am

This page has a link to an interesting collection of Delphic Maxims, in both original Greek and English. This collection is also known as the "Commandments of the Seven Wise Men." The link on that page points to a 10-meg PDF file, but it's worth downloading and reading.

http://www.flyallnight.com/khaire/DelphicMaxims/

The article is from 1987, so it's not exactly news, but it's still quite interesting. It describes how scholars used some fragments and inscriptions to assemble an older, perhaps more original collection of sayings than the one preserved by the much later author Stobaeus. Even if that is not interesting in itself, the simple list of sayings in English and Greek is pretty cool.

BTW does anyone know about any published editions of Stobaeus? Apparently two works of his survive, but I had some trouble tracking down any published editions. (Maybe I'm not looking hard enough.) :-)

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Post by edonnelly » Sat Jul 07, 2007 11:37 am

I'll have to check out your link. I'm not familiar with Stobaeus, but it sounds interesting. Did you try Google Books and Internet Archive to see if any of these are what you are looking for?
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G'Oogle and the Internet Pharrchive - 1100 or so free Latin and Greek books.
DownLOEBables - Free books from the Loeb Classical Library

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Post by Democritus » Tue Jul 10, 2007 3:12 pm

Thanks for that link to archive.org, I didn't know about that web site.

At Google I didn't find anything searching for "Stobaeus," but it looks like you can find a full text there if you search for "Stobaios" instead. :-)

Interestingly, the English wikipedia has an article about "Stobaeus," but the German wikipedia has an article about "Stobaios."

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Post by timeodanaos » Sat Jul 14, 2007 3:12 pm

Democritus wrote:Interestingly, the English wikipedia has an article about "Stobaeus," but the German wikipedia has an article about "Stobaios."
In English, it's also Aeschylus and Polybius. Strange how names have to be latinised.

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