Monday, February 26, 2007

Translator's gaffe

He then proceeded to get information about Sparta. Here he found that the Lacedaemonians after a period of depression had been successful in their struggle with Tegea...
Herodotus, The Histories

Depressed Lacedaemonians?
What's next, obesity in fair Sparta, rowdy Athenians, clumsy
Trojans, altruistic Romans, or gentle Giant Enkidu roaming
the forests at peace...

2 Comments:

At 3:58 pm, Anonymous sashi said...

Geist,

I am curious as to what you do for a livin' given that you seem to unearth such oddly familiar lines from texts?!

:)

 
At 4:14 pm, Blogger Geist said...

*ahem*
aka graduate student...

 

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