Thursday, August 03, 2017


Ancient Custom is the Best

Porphyry, On Abstinence from Animal Food 2.18.3 (tr. Glenn W. Most):
... and thus Hesiod [fragment 322 Merkelbach-West], praising the custom of ancient sacrifices, quite rightly said,
howsoever the city performs sacrifice, ancient custom is the best.
... καὶ τὸν Ἡσίοδον οὖν εἰκότως τὸν τῶν ἀρχαίων θυσιῶν νόμον ἐπαινοῦντα εἰπεῖν·
ὥς κε πόλις ῥέζῃσι, νόμος δ' ἀρχαῖος ἄριστος.
My watchword: νόμος δ' ἀρχαῖος ἄριστος.

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