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anachronism
əˈnakrəˌnɪz(ə)m/
noun
noun: anachronism; plural noun: anachronisms

    a thing belonging or appropriate to a period other than that in which it exists, especially a thing that is conspicuously old-fashioned.

How very odd, in a piece about a fifth century BC philosopher!

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Jul 9th, 2017 at 03:59:12 PM EST
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I refer to the faults of modern translators. Consider for instance this passage in Athenian Constitution as its is also pertinent to the discussion here about the alleged calumny and greed of lawyers needing remedy.
This then was the nature of his reforms in regard to the offices of state. And the three most democratic [!] features in Solon's constitution seem to be these: first and most important the prohibition of loans secured upon the person, secondly the liberty allowed to anybody who wished to exact redress on behalf of injured persons, and third, what is said to have been the chief basis of the powers of the multitude, the right of appeal to the jury-court--for the people, having the power of the vote, becomes sovereign in the government. [2] And also, since the laws are not drafted simply nor clearly, but like the law about inheritances and heiresses, it inevitably results that many disputes take place and that the jury-court is the umpire in all business both public and private. Therefore some people think that Solon purposely made his laws obscure, in order that the people might be sovereign over the verdict. But this is unlikely--probably it was due to his not being able to define the ideal in general terms; for it is not fair to study his intention in the light of what happens at the present day, but to judge it from the rest of his constitution.

Of course there are more! but none more memorable to me than the one in "Ethics", iirc,  where gods is rendered "God".

Returning to Graeber: A spurious characterization of Plato's predicament and relation to debt is an "translation" error of greater magnitude. Read Plato, Letter Seven, wherein the proto-pauline [ANACHRONISM ALERT?!] issues with excruciating omissions how he did not temporarily become a slave, or prisoner of war (according to diogenene legend). Some familiarity with historical antipathy among Athens, Corinth, Syracuse, and Sparta is needed to appreciate Plato's boasting.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Jul 9th, 2017 at 10:53:17 PM EST
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Regime change is tricky!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jul 9th, 2017 at 10:58:18 PM EST
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And it appears that only the editors of the online OED translate the prefix ana- as "backwards". How novel.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jul 9th, 2017 at 11:48:22 PM EST
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