Reply Sun 6 Feb, 2011 01:22 pm
I have been trying to find the quote from Oedipus Rex, 'Alas how terrible is wisdom when it brings no profit to the wise' in its original ancient greek. But its proving very difficult, does anyone know what it is in the ancient greek alphabet?
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Reply Sun 6 Feb, 2011 02:54 pm
φεῦ φεῦ, φρονεῖν ὡς δεινὸν ἔνθα μὴ τέλη λύῃ φρονοῦντι
Reply Sun 6 Feb, 2011 04:04 pm
My god George, is there an ancient language you don't know? Very impressed, by the by...
Reply Sun 6 Feb, 2011 04:30 pm
Thank you, Ceili. It's sweet of you to say so.

I don't really know Greek. The last time I took a Greek class, LBJ was
president. I searched for that phrase in English translations. When I
found it, I noted the line number and went to the same general area
in the original Greek. I know enough Greek to recognize Teiresias's
name. Then I did a sanity check by plugging the Greek phrase into the
Google language tool.
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Reply Mon 7 Feb, 2011 02:00 pm
Thank you very much
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