A Quote From Menander

I thought Nathan might appreciate this quote from a classical author (Menander, Γνῶμαι μονόστιχοι). If you follow my last couple “Word of the Day” entries (here, here, here and here), you likely will be able to translate.

173. νύμφη δ’ἄπροικος οὐκ ἔχει παρρησίαν.

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4 Responses to A Quote From Menander

  1. Nathan Stitt says:

    A young wife, who had no dowry, does not have the freedom to speak freely.

    That is my 30 second translation, how close did I get?

  2. George says:

    Yep. That’d be about it. Not as pithy or direct as the Greek, but that’s par for the course with translation.

    I’ve been considering a more generalized paraphrase (since it certainly isn’t quite a translation); “If you don’t bring anything to the table, keep your mouth shut.”

  3. Nathan Stitt says:

    Ah, well the closest paraphrase seems to be beggars can’t be choosers.

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