Sunday, September 13, 2020


Evil Outsiders

Synesius, letter 45 (to Olympius; tr. Augustine Fitzgerald):
Evil men from without are troubling our Church. Take steps against them. Only nails drive out nails.

λυποῦσι τὴν ἐκκλησίαν ἀλλότριοι πονηροί. διάβηθι κατ' αὐτῶν· οἱ πάτταλοι γὰρ παττάλοις ἐκκρούονται.
On the proverb see Erasmus, Adages I i 1 to I v 100, translated by Margaret Mann Phillips, annotated by R.A.B. Mynors (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1982), pp. 148-149 (Adage I ii 4):

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