[ilds] RG Justine -- Xenophon trans. by Starkie: "as thick as meal"

Durrell School of Corfu durrells at otenet.gr
Tue Jun 12 11:33:59 PDT 2007


This WJM Starkie is presumably the same WJM Starkie who was (effectively) Minister for Education in Ireland until independence (1922) and father of Enid Starkie, biographer of Rimbaud and Baudelaire?
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    David Holdsworth notes that the following passage from Justine is indebted to Aristophanes' The Clouds 960-965.


    Durrell, Justine:  "schoolboys in naked ranks marching two abreast at dawn to the school of the Harpmaster, through falling snow as thick as meal."
     
  W. J. M. Starkie's translation (1911): "[schoolboys] marched through the streets in orderly procession, without their cloaks, to the music-teacher's house, though it snowed as thick as meal."


     Starkie partially follows W. W. Merry's translation (1894), but Durrell's "through falling snow as thick as meal" and Starkie's "it snowed as thick as meal" seem closest. 

  Of course, Durrell could have found the phrasing elsewhere.

  Cf. the Loeb translation 960-965: "And then to the home of the Harpist would come decorous in action and word
  All the lads of one town, though the snow peppered down, in spite of all wind and all weather."

  Bill

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