Monthly Archives: September 2014

The moon has set

Δέδυκε μὲν ἀ σελάννα καὶ Πληΐαδες, μέσαι δέ νύκτες, πάρα δ‘ ἔρχετ‘ ὤρα, ἔγω δὲ μόνα κατεύδω. The moon has set and the Pleiades, It is the middle of the night Time passes by And I sleep alone. This fragment … Continue reading

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How to become more intelligent

I am currently reading the works of Heraclitus and the edition I am reading edited by  I Bywater includes part of the Hippocratean corpus “Regimen 1” or ΠΕΡΙ ΔΙΑΙΤΗΣ. This has some connection to Heraclitus as the author seems to … Continue reading

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How to pronounce Theta and Phi

βῆ δ᾽ ἀκέων παρὰ θῖνα πολυφλοίσβοιο θαλάσσης He went in silence along the shore of the loud-sounding sea Homer Iliad 1.33 How should we pronounce Theta and Phi? At school I was taught to pronounce Theta as “th” in theology … Continue reading

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The bowl of the sun

In a previous post I quoted a verse from Stesichorus which started ἀέλιος δ᾽ Ὑπεριονίδας δέπας ἐσκατέβαινε χρύσεον And then the Sun, great Hyperion’s offspring, Embarked in his golden cup. Stesichorus Ath. 11.38 Now it struck me at the time that … Continue reading

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Heraclitus and dogfood

Because Heraclitus never said anything straight forward and appeared to despise his fellow man, it is fitting that the end of his life should be so undignified. Καὶ τέλος μισανθρωπήσας καὶ ἐκπατήσας ἐν τοῖς ὄρεσι διητᾶτο, πόας σιτούμενος καὶ βοτάνας. … Continue reading

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Heraclitus and knowledge

ξυνόν ἐστι πᾶσι τὸ φρονέειν. Understanding is common to all τοῦ λόγου δὲ ἐόντος ξυνοῦ ζώουσιν οἱ πολλοὶ ὡς ἰδίαν ἔχοντες φρόνησιν. Although the law of understanding is common to all, most people live as if they had their own … Continue reading

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An old dog

Many years ago I visited the museum in Athens and saw this dog – I know nothing more than it is a hunting dog of around 520 BC. Even though incomplete I  find it pretty amazing.

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