I Resemble This Remark

A.E. Housman on Benjamin Jowett’s translation of Plato:

“….the best translation of a Greek philosopher which has ever been executed by a person who understood neither philosophy nor Greek.”

from “A Kingdom in Splinters:” a review of a book about the history of philology.

It also talks about Jefferson and Madison’s fieldwork on Native American linguistics. Since Jefferson was a charmer when he worked on it, I’m sure the old ladies enjoyed themselves.

Via Laudator Tempora Acti, a blog which is always a delight.

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