Sunday, May 30, 2010

Apropos of Nothing

From Plutarch's Life of Theseus:
As geographers, Sosius, crowd into the edges of their maps parts of the world which they do not know about, adding notes in the margin to the effect, that beyond this lies nothing but the sandy deserts full of wild beasts, unapproachable bogs, Scythian ice, or a frozen sea, so in this work of mine, in which I have compared the lives of the greatest men with one another, after passing through those periods which probable reasoning can reach to and real history find a footing in, I might very well say of those that are farther off: "Beyond this there is nothing but prodigies and fictions, the only inhabitants are the poets and inventors of fables; there is no credit, or certainty any farther."

4 comments:

Another Kiwi said...

I was told that there would be Scythian Ice Tea here.

ckc (not kc) said...

sounds like "here be wingnuts" to me

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

And Pedobear.
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Smut Clyde said...

"Beyond this there is nothing but prodigies and fictions, the only inhabitants are the poets and inventors of fables; there is no credit, or certainty any farther."

I think this means that your Visa cards won't work in Ireland.