Saturday, July 26, 2008

Friday is for Ad Fontes - Xenophon and glory in suffering

Paul's glorying in his sufferings in 2 Corinthians, Philippians, and Colossians, reminded me of this passage from Xenophon: “A disaster such as this one had been was something to which the Spartans were quite unused, so there was great distress in the Laconian army – except in the cases of those whose sons, fathers, or brothers had fallen where they stood. Those whose relatives had so died went about like men who had won some great prize, with radiant faces, positively glorifying in their own suffering” (Hellenica, 4.5.10, trans. Rex Warner).

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