Studies in Theognis; Together with a Text of the Poems
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...ol and woXXol; but iroXXol is what is wanted, not 01 iroWoi, "the multitude." This, and the need of an object to owaat, point to a? Be Ti aSxr alel iroXXol avoXfioTepoi, which differs from A's reading only by one letter. The connexion between 287--8 and the neighbouring couplets then appears. In 283--6 the poet says that none of the townsfolk is to be trusted even on his oath. In 287--92 he gives his reasons: "For in a city so critical naught finds favour; and while many are always less lucky than one in keeping a secret, now good men's bad things are noble to bad men; they follow strange customs; for shame hath perished, and shamelessness and insolence have conquered right and reign throughout the land." Keep your own counsel; for, firstly, you will find little sympathy here; secondly, it is always hard for many to keep a secret, but never harder than now when shame is dead, vvv Be in 289 answers to alel in 288; the general rule is followed by a particular instance1. If with Bergk and Muller we make three poems ending at 286, 288 and 292, the only verbal responsion is ao-r&v of 283 and iroXet of 287. 1 In 287 KaKoif/oyif, which occurs nowhere else, has been much emended. Probably Theognis invented the word for the occasion. It naturally means "fond of blaming what is bad," "stern in criticism of faults"; and of course it is here ironical (as with us "critical" often means " hypercritical"). Thus interpreted it is far better than anything that has been put in its place. 309--12 and 313--4 are a pair of poems illustrating the wisdom of adapting oneself to one's company. This is the reason for their juxtaposition, and the poet marks their connexion of thought by beginning both poems...
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