Uncultured Pleasures, Sins…

The best thing I read today was a moral from Ammianus Marcellinus about letting your friends talk you out of bad decisions, but then just now I was looking up ἄμουσος (adj., lit. lacking the Muses; uncultivated, uncultured) because Symmachus had used it ironically of himself in a letter to Ausonius, but then the lexicon led me on to Plato’s use of the same term:

ἄμουσαι ἡδοναί, ἁμαρτήματα!

-Plato, Phaedrus 240 B

uncultured pleasures, sins! 

-Plato, The Phaedrus 240 B (and he uses the phrase again in Laws 863 C)


Thanks, dear reader, should you ever find me, for being my gadfly.



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Philologist, historian, and lover of great books, I started this blog to keep myself alert to the beauty of what I see amid the demands of my work.
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