Tuesday, October 01, 2013


Where the Gods Are

N.G.L. Hammond, "Humphrey Davy Findley Kitto 1897-1982," Proceedings of the British Academy 61 (1982) 585-590 (at 588):
A student once asked him why such a fine temple had been built on a deserted mountain at Bassae. 'We build our churches where the people are', he replied. 'The Greeks built them where the Gods are'.
According to Edith Hall, in her introduction to Kitto's translation of Sophocles, Antigone, Oedipus the King, and Electra (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994; rpt. 1998), p. xxvii, Kitto was "perhaps the last of the English romantic philhellenes; at his funeral no god was allowed to be mentioned except those of the classical pantheon, and the readings were taken from his own translations, reproduced here, of choral odes from Antigone."

Hat tip: Ian Jackson.

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