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    scorn = contempt ? interpretation of purple honours

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether there is a difference between the meaning of the words in bold from the second of the following three sentences?

    No people could live without first valuing; if a people will maintain itself, however, it must not value as its neighbour valueth.Much that passed for good with one people was regarded with scorn and contempt by another: thus I found it. Much found I here called bad, which was there decked with purple honors.

    Would you help me to comprehend the meaning of the expression in the bolded italic print from the latter sentence?

    Thank you for your efforts.



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    Re: scorn = contempt ? interpretation of purple honours

    Nietzsche is notoriously difficult to translate, and here is another translation for comparison: Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book for ... - Google Book Search

    "scorn" and "disgrace" = contempt for others and a source of shame

    "purple honours"
    = Purple is traditionally and anciently the colour of royalty owing to the difficulty of obtaining the colouring and its cost. So purple honours implies the highest possible honours.


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