Thursday, January 06, 2022


Respect for Elders

Plutarch, Life of Lycurgus 20.6 (tr. Bernadotte Perrin):
Another, seeing men seated on stools in a privy, said: "May I never sit where I cannot give place to an elder."

ἕτερος δέ τις ἰδὼν ἐν ἀποχωρήσει θακεύοντας ἐπὶ δίφρων ἀνθρώπους, "μὴ γένοιτο," εἶπεν, "ἐνταῦθα καθίσαι ὅθεν οὐκ ἔστιν ὑπεξαναστῆναι πρεσβυτέρῳ."
Plutarch, Sayings of Spartans: Anonymous 12 (= Moralia 232 F; tr. Frank Cole Babbitt):
Someone, seeing men seated on stools in a privy, said, "God forbid that I should ever sit where it is not possible to rise and yield my place to an older man."

ἰδών τις ἐν ἀποχωρήσει θακέοντας ἐπὶ δίφρων ἀνθρώπους, "μὴ γένοιτο," εἶπεν "ἐνταῦθα καθίσαι ὅθεν οὐκ ἔστιν ἐξαναστῆναι πρεσβυτέρῳ."
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