Tuesday, January 24, 2017


The Surveillance State

Lucian, Dialogues of the Gods 1.2 (Hermes speaking; tr. M.D. MacLeod):
Hush, Ares. It isn't safe to talk like that, or we may be sorry for our silly chatter.

εὐφήμει. ὦ Ἄρες· οὐ γὰρ ἀσφαλὲς λέγειν τὰ τοιαῦτα, μὴ καί τι κακὸν ἀπολαύσωμεν τῆς φλυαρίας.
Quiet, I tell you. It's dangerous for you to talk like that, and for me to listen.

σιώπα, φημί· οὐ γὰρ ἀσφαλὲς οὔτε σοὶ λέγειν οὔτ᾿ ἐμοὶ ἀκούειν τὰ τοιαῦτα.

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