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offline umbroman3 from United Kingdom on 2020-06-14 22:10 [#02603439]
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Anyone seen this website before? What are your favourite
classics? Chinese, greek, roman, persian, whatever...

Tony Danza was into Taoism iirc

I read Aristophanes The Clouds when I was in my late teens.
He was the progenitor of modern comedy. Funny guy, probably
helped get socrates killed though?

There are videos on youtube now that have perfomances of the
classics. Wish they were available when i was young


 

offline belb from mmmmmmhhhhzzzz!!! on 2020-06-14 22:31 [#02603448]
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i don't know a great deal, but i've been listening to
natalie haynes' podcast on the classics recently, half hour
introductions to the big hitters done in a comedy style,
really interesting


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2020-06-15 02:08 [#02603468]
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physics.plap.poop


 

online Hyperflake from Wirral (United Kingdom) on 2020-06-15 02:20 [#02603470]
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reminds me i should read gibbons fall of rome sometime


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2020-06-15 03:00 [#02603478]
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i think you are referring to the many-chinned edward gibbon


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2020-06-15 03:02 [#02603479]
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Gibbon is believed to have suffered from an extreme case
of scrotal swelling, probably a hydrocele testis, a
condition which causes the scrotum to swell with fluid in a
compartment overlying either testicle.[34] In an age when
close-fitting clothes were fashionable, his condition led to
a chronic and disfiguring inflammation that left Gibbon a
lonely figure.[35] As his condition worsened, he underwent
numerous procedures to alleviate the condition, but with no
enduring success. In early January, the last of a series of
three operations caused an unremitting peritonitis to set in
and spread, from which he died.


--Wikipedia


 

online Hyperflake from Wirral (United Kingdom) on 2020-06-15 03:09 [#02603480]
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oh dear,


 

online Hyperflake from Wirral (United Kingdom) on 2020-06-15 03:13 [#02603481]
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the original buster gonad


 

online Hyperflake from Wirral (United Kingdom) on 2020-06-15 03:14 [#02603482]
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LAZY_TITLE


 

offline Portnoy on 2020-06-15 07:47 [#02603489]
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I can't get any of it to load

I want to start collecting those little penguin classics.
Those little dollar books or whatever they are called.
Bite-sized classics, little black books. They are cute.
Perfect for an afternoon read. Recently the Travels of Marco
Polo and Plato's Apology (again). Unfortunately they don't
seem to sell them where I live.


 

offline Tony Danza from the inside on 2020-06-15 13:55 [#02603491]
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I'm picky about translations. Makes a huge difference if
you're not going to bother to learn Chinese or Greek or
Latin. I like the Gia Fu Feng translation of Laozi.

Portnoy, if you like Plato, have you read The Republic?
Robin Waterfield's translation is great, a more natural read
than the mock-Shakespearean of older translations like
Jowett.

(I popped both of these into the book share link in my
profile)


 

offline Portnoy on 2020-06-15 14:34 [#02603492]
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Yes but over 15+ years ago. Been meaning to read it again.
Thanks for the translation tip.

I envy people who can read these works in their original
language. My wife for example, has read many Russian
classics in their original form. Her favourite novel is
Master and Margerita; I’ve read two translations and while
I enjoyed the over-arching plot/themes - I laboured through
them and I’m sure it’s down to the translations.


 

offline Portnoy on 2020-06-15 14:35 [#02603493]
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it's asking for a decryption key... not sure if I'm doing
something wrong


 

offline Portnoy on 2020-06-15 14:54 [#02603494]
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nm figured it out


 

offline Tony Danza from the inside on 2020-06-15 15:03 [#02603495]
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I've been laboring to finish the Diana Burgin / Katherine
Tiernan O'Connor translation. I really must plow through to
the end, I also like the plot and themes.


 

offline Portnoy on 2020-06-15 15:18 [#02603496]
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that's the first translation I read and it was tough. I
remember the second one being better but I cannot remember
now which translation that was..ill have to get back to you


also just realised I spelt Margarita like the Pizza. I'm
actually quite a Philistine tbh


 

offline Portnoy on 2020-06-15 15:40 [#02603497]
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It was the Mirra Ginsburg translation.


 

offline dariusgriffin from cool on 2020-06-15 16:16 [#02603498]
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the republic fucking rules, even disregarding the
philosophical content truly a great narrative


 

offline Tony Danza from the inside on 2020-06-15 16:48 [#02603499]
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I've seen that one around, will see if they have it at the
used paperback place nearby.

Republic is so so good, and unfortunately just gets more and
more relevant.


 


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