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Reading at Random in Classical Literature

Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War 2.43.2

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These words from Pericles’ speech in memory of the Athenian war-dead are on the war memorial in the library of my Oxford college, placed there in an age when all undergraduates might have been expected to recognise and translate them effortlessly!

κοινῇ γὰρ τὰ σώματα διδόντες ἰδίᾳ τὸν ἀγήρων ἔπαινον ἐλάμβανον.

For they gave their bodies for the common good and won for themselves the praise which does not grow old.

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November 7, 2010 at 12:00 PM

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