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Locrus , de Anima mundi , et Natura , which is written Doricè , and turn it into such
Greek as Plato useth in other works . The book is but two leaves , and the labour
would be but two weeks ; but surely the profit for easy understanding , and true ...
Erasmus , giving himself to read over all authors Greek and Latin , seemeth to
have prescribed to himself this order of reading ; that is , to note out by the way
three special points , all adages , all similitudes , and all witty sayings of most
Examples of these three in the Greek tongue be plentiful and perfect , as Lysias ,
Isocrates , and Demosthenes ; and all three , in only Demosthenes in divers
orations , as contra Olympiodorum , in Leptinem , and pro Ctesiphonte . And true
it is ...
... in Greek or Latin ; among other things , doth most earnestly inveigh against the
rude rhyming of verses in that tongue . ... found them before in the Greek tongue ,
exhorting earnestly all the Italian nation to leave off their rude barbarousness in ...
I bought also at Augsburg , a strange old face , with long hair ; on the other side ,
in Greek , OTPPOT BASIAEOS . Mr. Rem showed me also a coin , with a rude
face in silver , thick , and about it , in Greek , ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ . Commend me to good
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essential reading, from an observer in 'flat English' language at a time when world affairs centered in and around Vienna and were essentially continental.
Quoted as first liner in a fascinating book on Anglo-French Entente under le Grand Toy, Louis XIV and the Merry Monarch, Charles II.
Full of candor, at a time when the political discourse was still amenable to compromise and chivalry, gallantry, so Ascham's remarks letters oin the Habsburg Empire, hence to Metternich and his pickup by Henry Kissinger - show the long ptrocxessof diplomacy that is not necessarily mad policy.
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The English Works of Roger Ascham: Preceptor to Queen Elizabeth
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