Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Republic 329c5-d1

For altogether much peace and freedom comes to be in old age: whenever the striving desires are made to cease and then slacken, that saying of Sophocles altogether comes to be: it is to have been released from very many, and raging, tyrants.

[Picking up where I left off. This is Cephalus coming near the end of his speech about the wonders of old age, when the desire for sex leaves an individual.

I'm afraid that my translation of this sentence is much like the rest of my translation: overly literal and wooden. But I'm pretty sure that I don't yet understand Plato well enough to make certain decisions about matters of style. Perhaps when I'm done I'll have learned enough to go back over this again.]

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