"Oh, 'tis sweet, when fields are ringing
With the merry cricket's singing,
Oft to mark with curious eye
If the vine-tree's time be nigh:
Here is now the fruit whose birth
Cost a throe to Mother Earth.
Sweet it is, too, to be telling,
How the luscious figs are swelling;
Then to riot without measure
In the rich, nectareous treasure,
While our grateful voices chime,--
Happy season! blessed time."
-- Aristophanes (Αριστοφανης -- b. ca 446 BCE, d. ca 386 BCE), Ειρηνη ( Peace), 421 BCE. Translator unknown. (If anyone recognizes it and can provide a name, that'd be great.) Found at Poemhunter
Another translation, this one from The Athenian Society (Wikipedia says the tanslator may have been Oscar Wilde): "When the grasshopper sings its dulcet tune, I love to see the Lemnian vines beginning to ripen, for 'tis the earliest plant of all. I love likewise to watch the fig filling out, and when it has reached maturity I eat with appreciation and exclaim, 'Oh! delightful season!'"
I think I've found the right passage in the original[*] (at here about 5/6 of the way down.):
Όταν ο τζίτζικας
το γλυκοτράγουδο λαλεί
χαίρομαι κι αποχαζεύω
τα λημνώτικα αμπέλια μου
- είναι ράτσα πρώιμη -
και τα σύκα να φουσκώσουν
κι όταν γίνουν μέλι γλύκα
τα ζουπώ στο στόμα μου
και πίνω θυμαρόμελο μετά
και τα ανακατεύω.
Google Translate renders the passage I found as:
When the jizzik
the sweet pepper is sweet
I am glad and relish
my dormant vines
- is early in breed -
and the figs inflate
and when they become sweet honey
I die in my mouth
and I drink a thief afterwards
and mix them.
which looks like a combination of the usual machine-translation glitches, and differences betwen Attic and Modern Greek.
Anyhow, I wanted something harvest-related for today...
[*] Converted to modern orthography -- i.e. mixed-case, interword spaces, punctuation, etc. -- as is normal for samples of Ancient Greek longer than an short inscriptions or ostraca, thank goodness. I'm interested in seeing what the original manuscript / early copies looked like, but parsing it would be a chore.
"if you're feeling discouraged about the future of our world, just remember that somewhere right now a little girl is reading a book about brave kids who battle tremendous evil, and she is beginning to make plans." -- the library haunter (@SketchesbyBoze), 2018-09-21
[Wishing pleasant weather to all my friends observing Sukkot starting tonight!]
"Walking on water and developing software from a specification are easy if both are frozen." -- Edward V Berard
[Happy autumnal equinox to folks who pbserve it in some regard! Astronomical autumn begins at 21:54 Eastern Time.]
"Success is hard to measure. Well--that's entirely not true. In capitalism, we have one metric: profitability. If something makes money, garners the most sales, we call it 'successful'.
"I think that making things that users fight for--that they dredge old machines out of the closet for, that they tell all their friends about, that they still speak dreamily of 40 years later--well, that's a form of success, too.
"I guess it all depends on how you measure."
-- Alex Feinman, "Come for the features, stay for the experience", 2017-10-30
[To folks observing Ashura, whichever way you do so, may it be the kind of day you need it to be.]
"Apologies to everyone outside Toronto who's probably sick of all the local politics tweets, but I cannot stress enough that a failed sticker salesman has launched a constitutional crisis because he was hellbent on revenge against the city that laughed at his ferris wheel" -- @matttomic, 2018-09-17
"The only other time the Sh'ma is recited over and over, which is what I did during the evening service in Plainfield, is at the end of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Jews spend twenty-five hours (as if twenty-four were not enough) fasting, meditating, praying, and abstaining from bathing and making love. In effect, we play dead for that long day and reemerge reborn, certain that there is nothing that could not be forgiven from the perspective of aninfinite, loving, God.
"That's why, for me at least, the holiest moment of Yom Kippur actually occurs after the day has ended, when we come back to life and break the fast. In my family, the vodka comes out of the freezer and the Scotch out of the liquor cabinet. We stand, raise our glasses, and shout 'L'chayim!' To life! We are back! We can start again and know that there is room for all of us."
-- Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, You Don't Have to Be Wrong for Me to Be Right (2007, Three Rivers Press, New York; ISBN 978-0-307-38298-6, Dewey 201'.5--dc22, LC BL624.H53 2007), p. 153
[Wishing an easy fast for my friends observing Yom Kippur tonight and tomorrow. Gemar chatimah tovah]
"Remember when the denial of passports started with trans people and [y'all] called us hysterical?" -- Emily G (@EmilyGorcenski), 2018-08-29 ["You" changed to "y'all" in keeping with author's followup tweets indicating that that's what she meant, not the author of the tweet she was replying to.]
More info about what's going on (collected from Twitter, twistedchicj, Facebook, email, and stuff I ran across while web surfing) just in case any of my friends aren't already up to speed on this:
"To achieve impartiality, you do not need to include outright deniers of climate change in BBC coverage, in the same way you would not have someone denying that Manchester United won 2-0 last Saturday. The referee has spoken." -- internal BBC memo, quoted at Snopes [thanks to zenlizard for linking to this]
"It's funny how wearing a dress makes people think you're dressed up when actually you were too lazy to match two articles of clothing" -- "To all the boys I've blocked before" (@fleur_de_livres), 2018-08-12
"Such truth, as opposeth no man's profit, nor pleasure, is to all men welcome." -- Thomas Hobbes (b. 1588-04-05, d. 1679-12-04)
"Apparently it's Pain Awareness Month which is weird to me because I have chronic pain and I'm literally always aware of it. Seriously. Yes, it's exhausting thanks for asking, and if you mention kombucha or trying yoga I will maybe scream." -- liminal nest (@UntoNuggan), 2018-09-10
[To my friends observing Tzom Gedaliah today: may you have an easy fast.]
"I shut my eyes and began to walk.
"(Not tight, mind you. I'm not a complete idiot. I kept them at about half-mast and watched my feet so I wouldn't accidentally slam into a wall or shuffle off a ledge into empty space. There's letting instinct guide you, and then there's being a higher-level organism who doesn't rely on instinct alone, because sometimes instinct can be a myopic dick.)"-- Hope Blackwell, narrator of Greek Key - A Hope Blackwell novel, by K.B. Spangler (2015, A Girl and Her Fed Books)</p>
Gregorian: 2018 September 11
Julian: 2018 August 29
Hebrew: 5779 Tishri 02 -- second day of Rosh Hashanah
Islamic: 1439 Dhu I-Jija 30
Persian: 1397 Shahrivar 20
Indian: 1940 Bhadra 20
Coptic: 1735 Thout 01 -- new year 1735
Ethiopian: 2011 Meskerem 01 -- new year 2011
[Shana tova to my Jewish friends celebrating the start of 5779!]
"What Genesis is, in fact, is philosophy written in a deliberately non-philosophical way. It deals with all the central questions of philosophy: what exists (ontology), what can we know (epistemology), are we free (philosophical psychology), and how we should behave (ethics). But it does so in a way quite unlike the philosophical classics from Plato to Wittgenstein. To put it at its simplest: philosophy is truth as system. Genesis is truth as story." -- Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Genesis: The Book of Beginnings
Gregorian: 2018 September 10
Julian: 2018 August 28
Hebrew: 5779 Tishri 01 -- first day of Rosh Hashanah -- first day of 5779
Islamic: 1439 Dhu I-Jija 29
Persian: 1397 Shahrivar 19
Indian: 1940 Bhadra 19
Coptic: 1734 Pi Kogi Evanot 5 -- new year's eve
(The thirteenth month of the Coptic & Ethiopian calendars is only a few days long.)
"Anyway, I hate that I love football. The NFL and the team owners represent the white supremacy and empire that I would die to destabilize. But the kid in me loves my hometown team and the connection it has brought me to a community I was otherwise alienated from." -- Chase Strangio (@chasestrangio), 2018-02-04
Gregorian: 2018 September 09
Julian: 2018 August 27
Hebrew: 5778 Elul 29 -- Erev Rosh Hashanah -- year 5779 starts at sundown
Islamic: 1439 Dhu I-Jija 28
Persian: 1397 Shahrivar 18
Indian: 1940 Bhadra 18
Coptic: 1734 Pi Kogi Evanot 4
"On þe hit is wel eþseene of alle wimmen
þu havest þe pris.
Mi sweete levdi, her mi bene & reu of me 3if þi wille is."
-- from "Edi beo thu, heven quene" (Blessed are you, queen of heaven), anon., 13th Century, English. (a couple of pages discussing the song, and images of a medievql manuscript it's in -- last link requires creating a free account at DIAMM) [I've seen different transcriptions using different spellings, which got me searching for the oldest version I could find. In this manuscript, 'd' looks an awful lot like an eth, every 'w' is written with a wynn, the '3' above is actually a yogh, and some instances of 's' are long-s -- I've not bothered trying to put in long-s for now.]
Gregorian: 2018 September 08 -- Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Julian: 2018 August 26
Hebrew: 5778 Elul 28
Islsmic: 1439 Dhu I-Hija 27
Persian: 1397 Shahrivar 17
Indian: 1940 Bhadra 17
Coptic: 1734 Pi Kogi Evanot 03
From "The Nastiest Feud in Science" by Bianca Bosker in The Atlantic, September 2018:
She was returning from a picnic near Sydney's Suicide Cliffs one day when a bank robber, fleeing the scene of the crime, shot her, puncturing her lungs, shattering her ribs, and landing her in intensive care. "Woman Shot 'for No Reason,'" announced a headline in The Sydney Morning Herald. ("She looked dead," a witness told the paper.) A priest came to administer last rites and, as Keller hovered in and out of consciousness, commanded her to confess her sins. Twice, she refused. "I credit that priest with my survival, because he made me so mad," Keller told me. The experience also cured her of her death wish.
"i know people are gonna argue over whether june 9th or september 6th is 69 day, but doesn't it seem more in the spirit of the holiday to make sure both sides can enjoy themselves?" -- b e e s p a c e (@minty_da), 2018-06-09
"i wasnt born in the wrong body this body is good and beautiful and has become more so with revision, i wasnt born into the wrong body i was born into a draft and have wrote another one" -- june gehringer @june_gehringer, 2018-08-30
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