Monday, April 10, 2017
Both Sides of the Story
Two parties are present: I have had only half the story.Sommerstein in his commentary ad loc.:
δυοῖν παρόντοιν ἥμισυς λόγου πάρα.
'Though two <parties> are here, <only> half of the argument is before me.' The scholia aptly cite the maxim μηδὲ δίκην δικάσηις πρὶν ἂν ἀμφοῖν μῦθον ἀκούσηις ([Hes.] fr. 338 M-W; cf. Ar. V. 725-6).Translation of the maxim (by Glenn W. Most):
Do not pass judgment before you hear the speech of both.