Alcibiades Uppercut


Alcibiades and Socrates, from Raphael’s School of Athens (Scuola di Atene, 1511)

Alcibiades’ educational platform for 2016:

τὴν δὲ παιδικὴν ἡλικίαν παραλλάσσων ἐπέστη γραμματοδιδασκάλῳ καὶ βιβλίον ᾔτησεν Ὁμηρικόν. εἰπόντος δὲ τοῦ διδασκάλου μηδὲν ἔχειν Ὁμήρου, κονδύλῳ καθικόμενος αὐτοῦ παρῆλθεν. – Plutarch, Alcibiades (7.1).

It delighted me so much I took a few liberties with the translation:

When [Alcibiades] was no longer a boy, he stopped an elementary school teacher and asked him for a book of Homer. And when the teacher said he didn’t have anything by Homer, [Alcibiades] laid him out with an uppercut and, stepping over him, went his way.

Plutarch, Alcibiades 7.1, (trans. Patrick Rory Callahan)


Thanks, dear reader, should you ever find me, for reading Homer.


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