[lit-ideas] Re: Turtaios, 'Out'án mensaímen oút'en en lógo ándra titheín'
- From: Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx
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- Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2007 10:17:56 EST
Here the Spartan creed at: http://www.gottwein.de/Grie/lyr/lyr_tyrt_gr.php -- Should work a bit on the Greek text below. The tr. by R. Lattimore _http://www.yachigusaryu.com/blog/2007/01/martial-art-versus-combat-sport-in.h tml_ (http://www.yachigusaryu.com/blog/2007/01/martial-art-versus-combat-sport-in.html) (incomplete) -- and _http://220.127.116.11/search?q=cache:i1Dg6uSe6msJ:www.brown.edu/Courses/CL007 0/Lyric_Reforms.doc+%22I+would+not+say+anything+for+a+man%22+Lattimore&hl=en&c t=clnk&cd=3&gl=us&ie=UTF-8_ (http://18.104.22.168/search?q=cache:i1Dg6uSe6msJ:www.brown.edu/Courses/CL0070/Lyric_Reforms.doc+"I+would+not+say+anything+for+ a+man"+Lattimore&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=3&gl=us&ie=UTF-8) (complete) ---- It all looks a kind of "British matron" apology to me, and cannot forget Siegfried Sassoon, a pacifist during Great War (he fought too) as he recalls how that gilded youth of a generation marched in Somme reciting their Turtaios. And what's worse (this is dealt with by V. Redgrave in Mrs Dalloway, filmed version, played by Rupert Graves) the guilt of those who _survived_. "To die young" as R. Brooke, even if not _too young_ and by the bite of the mosquito, was the only thing a British matron could swallow. Where is she!? -- I make a point about it being the "Great War" -- Up to then, there's nothing tragic about having your Etonian memorise this nice piece by Turtaios, and even after... I would not say anything for a man nor take account of him For any speed of his feet or wrestling skill he might have not if he had the size of a Cyclops and strength to go with it Not if he could outrun Boreas, the North Wind of Thrace not if he were more handsome and gracefully formed than Tithonos, or had more riches than Midas had, or Kinyras too, not if he were more a king than Tantalid Pelops, Or had the power of speech and persuasion Adrastos had, not if he had all splendors except for a fighting spirit. For no man ever proves himself a good man in war unless he can endure to face the blood and the slaughter, go close against the enemy and fight with his hands." Here is courage, mankind’s finest possession, here is the noblest prize that a young man can endeavor to win, and it is a good thing his city and all the people share with him 15 when a man plants his feet and stands in the foremost spears relentlessly, all thought of foul flight completely forgotten, and has well trained his heart to be steadfast and to endure, and with words encourages the man who is stationed beside him. Here is a man who proves himself to be valiant in war. 20 With a sudden rush he turns to flight the rugged battalions of the enemy, and sustains the beating waves of assault. And he who so falls among the champions and loses his sweet life, so blessing with honor his city, his father, and all his people, with wounds in his chest, where the spear that he was facing has transfixed 25 that massive guard of his shield, and gone through his breastplate as well, why, such a man is lamented alike by the young and the elders, and all his city goes into mourning and grieves for his loss. His tomb is pointed to with pride, and so are his children, and his children’s children, and afterward all the race that is his. 30 His shining glory is never forgotten, his name is remembered, and he becomes an immortal, though he lies under the ground, when one who was a brave man has been killed by the furious War God standing his ground and fighting hard for his children and land. But if he escapes the doom of death, the destroyer of bodies, 35 and wins his battle, and bright renown for the work of his spear, all men give place to him alike, the youth and the elders, and much joy comes his way before he goes down to the dead. Aging, he has reputation among his citizens. No one tries to interfere with his honors or all he deserves; 40 all men withdraw before his presence, and yield their seats to him, the youth, and the men his age, and even those older than he. Thus a man should endeavor to reach this high place of courage with all his heart, and, so trying, never be backward in war." J. L. Speranza Buenos Aires, Argentina **************************************Check out AOL's list of 2007's hottest products. (http://money.aol.com/special/hot-products-2007?NCID=aoltop00030000000001)
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