Thursday, May 03, 2007

Seen In A Bookshop

Minor Attic Orators: Lycurgus, Dinarchus, Demades, Hyperides.


J O Burtt

Well, Lycurgus, Dinarchus, Demades and Hyperides don't think you're all that crash hot either, Burtty boy. Why don't you stand in the burning sun before a drunken senate and we'll see how you like it, eh? Eh?


Karen said...

I always find it funny when you have one of those collections where the editor is at such pains to point out in the intro that such-and-such is only a minor poet. With friends like these!

It always makes me think of kids being lined up for a school photo, in a funny sort of way.

Tim said...

I notice it's Volume II so presumably these guys are even more minor (or less major) than the Attic orators in Volume I. And since Burrt didn't even translate that one I guess he's a minor minor Attic orators translator.

TimT said...

Or having keys like A minor or B flat minor (not just minor, but FLAT!) It's downright insulting, I tell you - think of Beethoven's famous Lento in A Minor or Grieg's Piano concerto in A Minor or Tchaikovsky's piano concerto in B flat minor - now they're MAJOR minor works!

Charles Murton said...

Well didja buy it?

Sounds like an interesting curiosity.

TimT said...

No, and it might have to wait on the shelf for another few weeks, considering I've just bought The 1000 Arabian Nights, in full (four volumes).

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