[B-Greek] Josephus Against Apion 2:11
Bart.Torbert at ihsenergy.com
Tue Feb 3 10:09:10 EST 2004
What is of interest to me here is the use of a solar observatory. Are
there other references to this sort of construction being used? I assume
this was some sort of a sundial?
bart.torbert at ihsenergy.com
<tichy at cmtfnw.upo
Sent by: b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org, Paul
b-greek-bounces at l Toseland
ists.ibiblio.org <toseland at blueyonder.co.uk>
02/03/2004 05:55 Subject
AM Re: [B-Greek] Josephus Against
> Josephus, Against Apion 2.11:
> ANTI DE OBELWN ESTHSE KIONAS hUF' hOIS HN EKTUPWMA SKAFH SKIA D' ANDROS
> EP' AUTHN DIAKEIMENH hWS hOTI EN AIQERI TOUTON AEI TON DROMON hHLIWi
> I don't understand Whiston's translation. He has
> 'that, he also set up pillars instead of gnomons, which was represented
> a cavity like that of a boat, and the
> shadow that fell from their tops fell down upon that cavity, that it
> might go round about the like course as
> the sun itself goes round in the other [sic?]'
> How does ANDROS fit in?
> So I attempted my own translation, but I hit some problems. Could
> someone help me fix it?
> '[Apion also says that] nstead of obelisks he [Moses] set up pillars,
> under which was a figure in relief, a
> concave sundial. [...] For(?) he always goes round this course in the
> sky together with the sun.'
> I am unsure how to deal with the absence of a finite verb in the clause
> SKIA D' ANDROS EP'
> AUTHN DIAKEIMENH. Also I am not sure what to make of hWS hOTI; could the
> combination possibly be causal ('for')? Or is hWS quite independent of
> Many thanks
> Paul Toseland
The translation of Against Apion 2, 11 by H. St. J. Thackeray is as
"In place of obelisks he set up pilllars, beneath which was a model of a
boat; and the shadow cast on this basin by the satue described a circle
corresponding to the course of the sun in the heavens."
He has an emendation of the Greek text. He reads ADRIANTOS instead
B-Greek home page: http://metalab.unc.edu/bgreek
B-Greek mailing list
B-Greek at lists.ibiblio.org
More information about the B-Greek