Friday, May 09, 2014


An Agreeable Pastime for Elderly Gentlemen

John J. Chapman, Two Greek Plays: The Philoctetes of Sophocles and the Medea of Euripides (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1928), p. 114:
In spite of all the essays that scholars and dilettanti have written about translating the classics, the task is chiefly valuable as an agreeable pastime for elderly gentlemen with time on their hands. And one may feel sure that such men will never be satisfied with anything that other elderly men with time on their hands have said about the matter. The game is endless, and therein lies its charm.

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