aleator classicus

Reading at Random in Classical Literature

Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound 459-461

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Prometheus takes credit for giving humans numbers and letters.

καὶ μὴν ἀριθμόν, ἔξοχον σοφισμάτων,
ἐξηῦρον αὐτοῖς, γραμμάτων τε συνθέσεις
μνήμην ἁπάντων, μουσομήτορ’ ἐργάνην.

And indeed for their benefit I found out number, an exceptional thing among ingenious devices; and the combination of letters as a memory of all things, the hard-working mother of the Muses.

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July 10, 2011 at 12:00 PM

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