Wednesday, August 02, 2017
A Misleading Appearance
The clothing he wears and the arrangement of his garments are Greek, yet his deeds are those of a barbarian.Erasmus, Praise of Folly 17:
καὶ μὴν στολήν γ' Ἕλληνα καὶ ῥυθμὸν πέπλων
ἔχει, τὰ δ' ἔργα βαρβάρου χερὸς τάδε.
An ape is always an ape, even if it's dressed in purple.Cf. C.S. Lewis' phrase "trousered ape."
Simia semper est simia, etiam si purpura vestiatur.