Biographies. Reviews. Letters. Miscellany

Biographies. Reviews. Letters. Miscellany

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: of a writer so admired as Cicero. If the translator succeeds in so diflicult an undertaking, the motives to virtue acquire a more universal difiusion, and our language makes a valuable acquisition; should he fail in the execution, the great difficulty of the work may, in some measure, plead his excuse, and the usefulness of the design should soften the rigor of censure. It is not without reason that this elegant Roman has been thought the most diflicult to be translated of all the classics. The translator must not only be master of his sentiments but also of his peculiar way of expressing them. He must have acquired a style correct without labor, and copious without redundancy. The difliculty is not so much to give his sense as to give it in such language as Tully himself would have spoken had he been an Englishman. To follow him in a verbal translation is to catch his words only and lose his spirit. This literal tirnidity, if we may so express it, where the translator cautiously moves from word to word, for fear of going astray, is still the more unpardonable, as Cicero himself has given us directions to the contrary. "Nec tamen exprimi verbum e verbo necesse erit, ut interpretes indiserti solent." His example also as well as his precept teaches us to avoid this error. What liberties does he not take with Plato, Euripides, and others! Their sentiments remain their own, but their language is always expressed in the manner of Cicero. The translator before us has fallen into the error of which we have been complaining; so that Cicero appears in this English dress not unlike some disguised hero in romance, who, though concealed in the garb of a peasant, still moves with an air of superior dignity. These Tusculan...
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  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 209g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123696229X
  • 9781236962294