Saturday, August 25, 2012
Play with them, or love them, or fear them, or worship them. The cat may become the goddess Pasht, and the mouse, in the hand of a sculptured king, enforce his enduring words 'ἐς ἐμέ τις δρέων εὐδεβης ἔγτω;' but the great mimetic instinct underlies all such purpose; and is zooplastic,—life-shaping,—alike in the reverent and the impious....The Greek is gibberish in this Penguin Books anthology. You can correct it yourself, or a look at any 19th century edition of Ruskin will show that it is a mistake for
ἐς ἐμέ τις ὁρέων εὐσεβὴς ἔστω.Ruskin is quoting Herodotus 2.141.6. The Greek means "Let the one looking at me be reverent."
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