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By M. I. Finley

ISBN-10: 0670809705

ISBN-13: 9780670809707

During this examine, the writer demanding situations the present traditions of discovering and writing approximately historic civilizations. He questions, for instance, the distinctive prestige accorded to vintage texts, exposes the fake assumptions historians have made, in accordance with constrained details, and provides the failings inherent in traditional causes of the Greek city-state. Emphasizing the necessity to ask the best questions on the way to extend our figuring out of lifestyles within the historical global, this paintings indicates how historians may well greater care for the facts that's to be had and gives substitute equipment that may be used to reconstruct historical past.

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For Coverdale, like Tyndale, has his reputation. Lewis expresses it with a memorable image in a paragraph that is particularly interesting as it begins with one of the rare recognitions of the argument being put forward here: It is not, of course, to be supposed that aesthetic considerations were uppermost in Tyndale’s mind when he translated Scripture. The matter was much too serious for that; souls were at stake. The same holds for all translators. Coverdale was probably the one whose choice of a rendering came nearest to being determined by taste.

As a whole this repeats the point that Tyndale is concerned with accuracy and clarity. In detail it defines areas of concern, first to avoid amplification or omission, second with accuracy and clarity of vocabulary, third with different characteristics of different languages. ‘Proper English’, which at first sight suggests English of good quality, in fact means ‘accurate’ or ‘literal’ English. It is one aspect of the problem of ‘one tongue taking another’. This use of ‘proper English’ would already have been apparent had Rolle’s passage about translation not been modernised, for the phrase that is given as ‘I find no exact English equivalent’ reads in the original, ‘I fynde na propir Inglys’ (above, p.

Here is the opening stanza of Psalm : At the rivers of Babylon There sat we down right heavily; Even when we thought upon Sion, We wept together sorrowfully. For we were in such heaviness, That we forgot all our merriness,  Creators of English And left off all our sport and play: On the willow trees that were thereby We hanged up our harps truly, And mourned sore both night and day. (p. ) This is a terrible struggle with rhyme and metre, expanding Coverdale’s own rhythmical prose versions to banality.

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