[lit-ideas] Mattheopædia

  • From: Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 8 Nov 2007 09:34:20 EST

Paul Stone wrote:

"It's funny how "parents" of all walks like to tell us stuff with the "oh, 
you'll see" warning... but so far, I haven't "seen". I'm sure his
 mother will do (and has done) enough worrying for two people."

Exactly. There's this quote in the Oxford Dict. of Humorous  Quotations -- 
ed. by N. Sherrin, but not to hand at the moment, that  goes:
"Parents are the last persons who should be allowed to have  children".
-- The quotation is actually better. 
Note that 'paedia' means education, as when Geary speaks of  'child-rearing' 
("I love you regardless" his mom would say). So, if you think of  it, 
Ciropaedia, becomes a redundancy: as "paidopaedia", for who can be educated  
but the 
The Greeks thought that they had to extend the stage of 'pais'  to early 
adolescent. So we see 'paidika', etc. referring not to a 'child'  really, but 
like, even, a young man. 
The Grecian distinctions are very subtle: 'pais', 'kuros',  'ephebe', and 
'aner' (for males). For females is slightly different. One  rite-of-initiation 
was the natural growing of a beard, but then we have Martial  (can't find the 
epigram) to the effect:
"That boy -- his beard is already growing on the left side  while the barber 
is shaving the right side."

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