aleator classicus

Reading at Random in Classical Literature

[Plutarch], On Homer 2.1

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The author outlines the principal benefits of reading Homer.

Ὅμηρον τὸν ποιητήν, χρόνῳ μὲν τῶν πλείστων δυνάμει δὲ πάντων πρῶτον γενόμενον, εἰκότως ἀναγινώσκομεν πρῶτον, ὠφελούμενοι τὰ μέγιστα εἴς τε τὴν φωνὴν καὶ τὴν διάνοιαν καὶ τὴν τῶν πραγμάτων πολυπειρίαν.

We appropriately read the poet Homer first, since he was among the first poets chronologically and was the first of all in ability: we are hugely benefited in eloquence, in understanding and in experience of things.

Written by aleatorclassicus

July 25, 2010 at 12:00 PM

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