Monday, September 07, 2020


Singing to Myself

Agathias, Histories 3.1.5 (tr. Joseph D. Frendo):
Even if some should find my writings thoroughly shoddy and superficial and indeed the typical products of an undisciplined mind, yet I may still succeed in pleasing myself, just as people with no ear for music enjoy their own singing.

εἰ γάρ τῳ καὶ δόξειεν εἶναι τάμὰ νόθα γε ὡς ἀληθῶς καὶ ἀνεμιαῖα, καὶ οἶα ψυχῆς ἐς πλεῖστα μεριζομένης κυήματα, ἀλλ' ἐμαυτὸν γοῦν ἴσως ἀρέσκοιμι ἂν, καθάπερ τῶν ᾀδόντων οἱ ἀμουσότατοι.
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