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#124836 - 03/08/04 11:45 AM laconic
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Date: Wed Jun 6 00:53:11 EDT 2001
laconic (luh-KON-ik) adjective
Sparing with words, concise, terse.
[From Latin Laconicus, from Greek Lakonikos, from Lakon, Laconian, a resident
of Laconia, an ancient country in southern Greece (Capital: Sparta). From the
the reputation of the Laconians for terseness.]
The first Latin book I had told about a Persian envoy trying
to intimidate the Spartans by saying: "When our archers shoot their arrows, the sun will be blotted out."
The Spartan replied: "Good. We will fight in the shade."
On another occasion, the Persian envoy delivered a theat
about what would happen if Persia invaded Sparta.
The Spartan king replied: "If."
#169911 - 09/10/07 05:14 AM Re: laconic [Re: wwh]
Loc: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Am reading Paul Cartledge's The Spartans; I love the "if." Thanks for an early morning chuckle.
#169933 - 09/10/07 07:18 PM Re: laconic [Re: Story Ward]
Loc: British Columbia, Canada
Welcome aboard, Story.
#169946 - 09/11/07 11:49 AM Re: laconic [Re: Zed]
Loc: lower upstate New York
Hi, Story and welcome
How on earth did you manage to find such an old post by our dear and sadly departed friend?
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