Why are you so angry? All this rage really can't be good for your health.Melchior wrote:"A fine translation"? Bullshit! You haven't the slightest idea what you are talking about! You are totally clueless about what a translation can and cannot do. I'm sick and tired of moronic academics like you, who don't have the faintest knowledge of translation, spouting your ignorance. Bloom is a cultural terrorist! His translation is not even readable! West should be prosecuted for fraud! How he holds an academic position is beyond comprehension, and in saying that I'm being kind! I will be glad to send you my paper on the subject to show you how formal equivalence is hopelessly inadequate as a translation methodstutterin' steve wrote:Melchior! I knew I recognized that spleen-venting vitriol, and your later comments confirmed it. You're the guy who used to argue with all the good Amazon reviews of West's Four Texts.
Bloom is a fine translation, folks. If you don't like Bloom, try Sachs. Jowett is beautiful, I grant, but it is not reliable enough for the Greekless reader to use in study. It's as simple as that.
For the record, I do know what I am talking about: I hold a doctorate in philosophy, and have spent quite a good amount of time translating the writings of Plato and Xenophon as well as Nietzsche. Perhaps - just perhaps! - people can hold different opinions than yours without being "totally clueless" or "moronic." Perhaps - just perhaps! - you should consider what exactly it is in your own soul that makes you rant like this. You come off not as a thoughtful person whose views ought to be considered, but instead as a misologist who is incapable of reasonable discourse and instead resorts to invective and abuse. You do not present yourself in a flattering light.
Again, folks: Jowett is quite beautiful. It is not that accurate, however. Bloom is less beautiful. It is more accurate and precise, however. It is a fine translation.