Man Comes to Wisdom by Degrees


The Greek Lyricist, Pindar, knew it all! Indeed, no Greek poet says so much as Pindar about his art. That said, he might have delved unknowingly into an ancient Sanskrit aphorism that reads (swipe the blank below with your mouse for the Devanagari and Roman script:)

वति विक्षतम: क्र्मश: जन:
Bhavati Vikshatama: Kramasha: Jana:

Man comes to wisdom by degrees.

Consider, for a moment, his poem, the opening of which I’ve transcreated as “The Crows and the Eagle.” Below is my English version – a transliterated version of the original Greek follows in italics:

Wise is he who knows by Nature mainly;
The pair of them, mere learners, loudly babble,
And like crows do chitter-chatter vainly
Against the Bird of Zeus – the holy Eagle.

Sophos ho polla eidos phya
Mathontes de labroi
Panglossia korakes hos akrante garyeton
Dios pros ornicha theion.

Copyright © Azim Lewis Mayadas 2015

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