Thursday, October 08, 2015


A Good and Useful Lesson

Kenneth J. Dover (1920-2010), "Fathers, Sons and Forgiveness," Illinois Classical Studies 16.1/2 (Spring/Fall 1991) 173-182 (at 180, n. 15):
Χρηστός is often translated (even by people who should know better) "useful," for which the Greek is χρήσιμος; χρηστός is in fact the most general Attic word for "good," and the translation "useful" is appropriate only in such phrases as χρηστὰ διδάσκειν, χρηστὰ παραινεῖν, because a useful lesson or useful advice is the same as a good lesson or good advice.

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