The Oligomath


ὥστε καὶ περὶ ἡμῶν τι ὑπολαβοῦσα χρηστὸν πεπείρασαι καὶ ἀφ᾿ ἡμῶν πορίσασθαί τι τελοῦν εἰς ὄνησιν καίτοι γε ἡμεῖς ὀλιγομαθεῖς καὶ ἀσθενεῖς καὶ γήρᾳ καὶ νόσοις κατακαμπτόμενοι καὶ διανοίας στενότητα περικείμενοι καί τι χαρίεν ἐκθέσθαι καὶ ἄξιον σπουδῆς μὴ δυνάμενοι.

And so you have tried to procure something useful from us, assuming something good about us, and yet we are of little learning, weak, bent down to old age and sickness, clad in narrowness of thought, unable to set forth something both graceful and worth the effort.

-- Eustratius, in Ethica Nicomachea Commentaria