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Translation Assistance => Other language pairs => Ancient Greek->English translation forum => Topic started by: river on 12 Dec, 2005, 22:36:37

Title: Περὶ μὲν γὰρ τῆς πρὸς τὴν φύσιν ὑποστάσεως τῶν... -> Αbout the true nature of...
Post by: river on 12 Dec, 2005, 22:36:37
Is "relative to nature" a good translation of peri tes pros ten physin hupostaseos?
For about the existence relative to nature (peri tes pros ten physin hupostaseos) of the things good and bad. 
Title: Απ: Περί μεν γαρ της προς την φύσιν υποστάσεως των... -> Αbout the true nature of...
Post by: wings on 12 Dec, 2005, 22:52:45
Ηi there.

Please always give us more context from the source text. Otherwise, it is very difficult to decide on the quality of translation. Also, tell us about the author and the work including this quote.

Thanks in advance.
Title: Απ: Περί μεν γαρ της προς την φύσιν υποστάσεως των... -> Αbout the true nature of...
Post by: banned8 on 13 Dec, 2005, 00:16:39
peri tes pros ten physin hupostaseos, i.e. peri tes hupostaseos = on (=about) existence, pros ten physin = towards nature, relative to nature

However, I am not familiar with hupostasis combined with peri, so neither the Greek nor the English makes sense to me.
Title: Απ: Περί μεν γαρ της προς την φύσιν υποστάσεως των... -> Αbout the true nature of...
Post by: river on 13 Dec, 2005, 01:18:41
 The work is from Against the Ethicists by Sextus Empircus
Title: Απ: Περί μεν γαρ της προς την φύσιν υποστάσεως των... -> Αbout the true nature of...
Post by: banned8 on 13 Dec, 2005, 02:05:09
The complete phrase in Sextus Empiricus' Against the Ethicists is:

περί μεν γαρ της προς την φύσιν υποστάσεως των τε αγαθών και κακών και ουδετέρων ικανοί πως εισιν ημίν αγώνες προς τους δογματικούς

I understand it as follows:

about what is by nature good, bad and neutral (about the true nature of good, bad and neutral), we have fought many a fight against the dogmatics.
Title: Απ: Περί μεν γαρ της προς την φύσιν υποστάσεως των... -> Αbout the true nature of...
Post by: wings on 13 Dec, 2005, 10:17:30
Very good work, Nickel.:-)
Title: Re: Περί μεν γαρ της προς την φύσιν υποστάσεως των... -> Αbout the true nature of...
Post by: river on 14 Dec, 2005, 00:49:51
Yes, thank you, Nickel. You are quick!