Saturday, October 04, 2014


Natural Philosophy

Epicurus, Sententiae Vaticanae 45 (tr. A.A. Long and D.N. Sedley):
Natural philosophy does not make people boastful and loud-mouthed, nor flaunters of culture, the thing so hotly competed for among the multitude, but modest and self-sufficient, and proud at their own goods, not at those of their circumstances.

οὐ κόμπου οὐδὲ φωνῆς ἐργαστικοὺς οὐδὲ τὴν περιμάχητον παρὰ τοῖς πολλοῖς παιδείαν ἐνδεικνυμένους φυσιολογία παρασκευάζει, ἀλλ' ἀσοβάρους καὶ αὐτάρκεις καὶ ἐπὶ τοῖς ἰδίοις ἀγαθοῖς, οὐκ ἐπὶ τοῖς τῶν πραγμάτων μέγα φρονοῦντας.

ἀλλ' ἀσοβάρους
J.H. Leopold, Mnemosyne 38 (1910) 67: ἀλλὰ σοβαροὺς cod.
This is assigned to Metrodorus (fragment 48) by Alfred Körte, "Metrodori Epicurei Fragmenta," Jahrbücher fur classische Philologie, Suppl. 17 (1890) 529-597 (at 561).

There is no entry in Liddell-Scott-Jones or in the Diccionario Griego-Español for ἀσόβαρος. Leopold's conjecture is adopted by P. von der Mühll, Epicuri Epistulae Tres et Ratae Sententiae e Laertio Diogene Servatae ... Accedit Gnomologium Epicureum Vaticanum (Leipzig: B.G. Teubner, 1922), p. 65, and by A.A. Long and D.N. Sedley, The Hellenistic Philosophers, Vol. II (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987), p. 160.

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