Philo on the Greek language

(Vita Mosis 2,38) “And yet who is there who does not know that every language, and the Greek language above all others, is rich in a variety of words, and that it is possible to vary a sentence and to paraphrase the same idea, so as to set it forth in a great variety of manners, adapting many different forms of expression to it at different times.”
Philo, o. A., & Yonge, C. D. (1996, c1993). The works of Philo : Complete and unabridged (494). Peabody: Hendrickson.

καίτοι τίς οὐκ οἶδεν, ὅτι πᾶσα μὲν διάλεκτος, ἡ δʼ Ἑλληνικὴ διαφερόντως, ὀνομάτων πλουτεῖ, καὶ ταὐτὸν ἐνθύμημα οἷόν τε μεταφράζοντα καὶ παραφράζοντα σχηματίσαι πολλαχῶς, ἄλλοτε ἄλλας ἐφαρμόζοντα λέξεις

Borgen, P., Fuglseth, K., & Skarsten, R. (2005). The Works of Philo : Greek Text with Morphology (Mos II 38). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

Author: TorreyS


2 thoughts on “Philo on the Greek language”

  1. Wow, language was clearly not Philo’s strong point…at least now I can see where all the fallacious statements from pastors and scholars come from.

  2. philo of alexandria is very important philosopher , and i would like to have his works
    in Greek language and also in English language, in fact i need the translation of { F.H.COLSON } , if any bady can help me i will never forget this for him , i would like to have a relation ship between me and withe any Jewish scholar

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