The age of tolerance ?

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The age of tolerance ?

Postby Quintus Pomponius Atticus on Wed Mar 17, 2004 7:57 pm


Another inspiring extract from the introduction to "La Couronne et la Lyre" by M. Yourcenar, a book which I am currently reading :

In the 1st century BC, Meleagros of Gadara, a Greek or a Hellenised Semite, composed for himself an epitaph, in which, as was usual, he expresses himself greeting the passengers walking along his tomb : "Khaire ! if you are a Greek; if you are a Syrian, Salam ! If you are Phoenician, Haudoni !". Greek history was far from an idyll, but we see how the Greeks ignored at least one of the cancers of modern days. The phrase of Meleagros, or an equivalent, should be placarded on all the walls of the Near-Orient nowadays. (my translation)


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Postby Gnaeus Dionysius Draco on Sun Apr 04, 2004 12:37 pm

But it still was in Greek, no? 8)

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