Saturday, November 04, 2017


A Compliment?

Diskin Clay, "Greek Poets and Strangers: A Memoir," Arion 18.3 (Winter, 2011) 123-147 (at 127-128):
There [on Santorini] we stayed at the Hotel Atlantis, where we were the only foreigners. I got to speak with a judge on the island — he had been sending glasses of ouzo to our table, and I went over to the bar to treat him to a glass of ouzo. When he learned that I was studying the classics, he began speaking Latin — habeas corpus, mandamus, e pluribus unum. When he left the hotel, a group of amazed Greeks asked me about the judge's command of Latin. I told them that he spoke Latin that would make Cicero ashamed.

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