Wednesday, February 24, 2010

FLG Agrees With Every Word

...of this Michael Gerson article.

5 comments:

Alpheus said...

...and bonus points to Gerson for quoting the more esoteric version of what Caesar is supposed to have said!

The Maximum Leader said...

I wondered about Gerson's use of that quotation when I read it. It seemed a far cry from the die being cast. Sadly I didn't continue with Latin choosing French instead...

Andrew Stevens said...

I'm inclined to give him negative bonus points. Appian, Suetonius, and Plutarch all agree that Caesar said either "the die is cast" (Suetonius - alea iacta est) or "let the die be cast" (Appian and Plutarch - anerriphtho kubos). I remember reading Colleen McCullough claiming he said, "Let the dice fly high," but is there any evidence for this? I'll defer to Alpheus if he's aware of evidence that I've missed.

Alpheus said...

Andrew, I think "let the dice fly high" is supposed to translate "anerriphtho kubos." I suppose "dice" should really be "die," but the idea in "anerriphtho" is of something being tossed forcefully into the air.

Andrew Stevens said...

Well, your Greek is certainly better than mine. If you're right and there's an upward motion implied, then I would consider "let the dice fly high" to be fanciful, but accurate.

 
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