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Three Millennia of Greek Literature


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from the Address To Young Men On The Right Use Of Greek Literature
§§ 2 and 3, here translated by Elpenor  * Greek Fonts ||| St Basil Home Page


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It is said that Moses, that great man, who has the greatest name among men for his wisdom, he first trained his mind in the Aegyptian lessons and then he approached the theory of being. Similarly to Moses and closer to our age, wise Daniel in Babylon they say that he first learned the Chaldean wisdom perfectly, and then he touched the divine education.

Λέγεται τοίνυν καὶ Μωϋσῆς ἐκεῖνος ὁ πάνυ͵ οὗ μέγιστόν ἐστιν ἐπὶ σοφίᾳ παρὰ πᾶσιν ἀνθρώποις ὄνομα͵ τοῖς Αἰγυπτίων μαθήμασιν ἐγγυμνασάμενος τὴν διάνοιαν͵ οὕτω προσελθεῖν τῇ θεωρίᾳ τοῦ ὄντος. Παραπλησίως δὲ τούτῳ͵ κἀν τοῖς κάτω χρόνοις͵ τὸν σοφὸν Δανιὴλ ἐπὶ Βαβυλῶνός φασι τὴν Χαλδαίων σοφίαν καταμαθόντα͵ τότε τῶν θείων ἅψασθαι παιδευμάτων. 

Cf. PLATO : Searching for the things' reason ||| GREGORY THE THEOLOGIAN : Education is the highest good ||| GENNADIUS SCHOLARIUS : Words are the fathers of all Good ||| MANUEL II PALAEOLOGUS : The virtue of a king ||| PAPATSONIS : Scheme, In Rising Sound 

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