[B-Greek] Marketing Biblical Greek

frjsilver at optonline.net frjsilver at optonline.net
Wed Sep 12 11:26:27 EDT 2007


Ah, yes- - the KOURAI!  Nice!  

Even so,  I regret to relate that in modern hELLAS they tell jokes about the CIOTES much like ignorant people in the US unjustifiably poke fun at the Poles.

Incidentally, there's a whole genre of modern Hellenic humor mocking clergy and monks!  

Hmmmmm....

Fr James

----- Original Message -----
From: "Carl W. Conrad" 
Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2007 10:45 am
Subject: Re: [B-Greek] Marketing Biblical Greek
To: frjsilver at optonline.net
Cc: 'B-Greek' 

> 
> On Sep 12, 2007, at 10:01 AM, frjsilver at optonline.net wrote:
> 
> > MALISTA FILESTOI! Bravo!
> >
> > For some reason, my mind wandered to Keats's brief paean on 
> > 'Chapman's Homer' quoted just below.
> >
> > Imagine the pleasure of reading hOMHROS in the original -- no 
> > dictionaries, no grammars! Imagine the joy of reading the 
> gospels 
> > and letters without the distractions of an intermediate apparatus!
> >
> > Peace and blessings to all.
> >
> > Father James
> >
> > Monk James Silver
> > Orthodox Church in America
> >
> >
> > Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English 
> Verse: 
> > 1250–1900.
> >
> > John Keats. 1795–1821
> >
> > 634. On first looking into Chapman's Homer
> >
> > MUCH have I travell'd in the realms of gold,
> > And many goodly states and kingdoms seen;
> > Round many western islands have I been
> > Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold.
> > Oft of one wide expanse had I been told 5
> > That deep-brow'd Homer ruled as his demesne:
> > Yet did I never breathe its pure serene
> > Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold:
> > Then felt I like some watcher of the skies
> > When a new planet swims into his ken; 10
> > Or like stout Cortez, when with eagle eyes
> > He stared at the Pacific—and all his men
> > Look'd at each other with a wild surmise—
> > Silent, upon a peak in Darien.
> 
> From the Homeric Hymn to Delian Apollo, the words here cited 
> arae 
> addressed to the girls who sing and dance at the Panionian 
> festival 
> on Delos:
> 
> χαίρετε δ' ὑμεῖς πᾶσαι· ἐμεῖο δὲ 
> καὶ μετόπισθε
> μνήσασθ', ὁππότε κέν τις 
> ἐπιχθονίων ἀνθρώπων
> ἐνθάδ' ἀνείρηται ξεῖνος 
> ταλαπείριος ἐλθών·
> ὦ κοῦραι, τίς δ' ὔμμιν ἀνὴρ 
> ἥδιστος ἀοιδῶν
> ἐνθάδε πωλεῖται, καὶ τέῳ 
> τέρπεσθε μάλιστα; 170
> ὑμεῖς δ' εὖ μάλα πᾶσαι 
> ὑποκρίνασθ' ἀμφ' ἡμέων·
> τυφλὸς ἀνήρ, οἰκεῖ δὲ Χίῳ ἔνι 
> παιπαλοέσσῃ,
> τοῦ πᾶσαι μετόπισθεν 
> ἀριστεύουσιν ἀοιδαί.
> 
> CAIRETE D' hUMEIS PASAI: EMEIO DE KAI METOPISQE
> MNHSASQ', hOPPOTE KEN TIS EPICQONIWN ANQRWPWN
> ENQAD' ANEIRHTAI XEINOS TALAPEIRIOS ELQWN:
> W KOURAI, TIS D' UMMIN ANHR hHDISTOS AOIDWN
> ENQADE PWLEITAI, KAI TEWi TERPESQE MALISTA?
> hUMEIS D' EU MALA PASAI hUPOKRINASQ' AMF' hHMEWN:
> 'TUFLOS ANHR, OIKEI DE CIWi ENI PAIPALOESSHi.
> TOU PASAI METOPISQEN ARISTEUOUSIN AOIDAI.
> 
> Roughly:
> Hail to you all! -- and hereafter remember me, whenever any long-
> 
> suffering mortal stranger comes here and asks you, "Girls, what 
> man 
> who comes here is the sweetest of singers, and who is it that 
> gives 
> you the greatest pleasure?" Then all of you give answer rightly 
> about 
> me, "He's a blind man, and he lives on rocky Chios; when all is 
> said 
> and done, it is his songs that are all the best."
> 
> Carl W. Conrad
> Department of Classics, Washington University (Ret)
> 
> 



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