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    nothing was too good?

    Dear Teachers,

    I read these from The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody by Will Cuppy:

    1."Pericles was rather close with his money in other respects. He seldom had a new suit, but nothing was too good for the citizens of Athens, whom he paid out of the public treasury."


    What does "nothing was too good for the citizens of Athens" mean?


    2."Lerne, a popular hetaera, was also known as Didrachmas because her conversation consisted almost entirely of the Greek for two drachmas, or about thirty-six cents in our money."


    What does "her conversation consisted of the Greek for two drachmas" mean?


    3."We have no statistics on the number of women in Athens, as they were not considered worth counting. The Greeks little knew what things were coming to."


    What does "little knew what things were coming to" mean?

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    Re: nothing was too good?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eway View Post
    Dear Teachers,

    I read these from The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody by Will Cuppy:

    1."Pericles was rather close with his money in other respects. He seldom had a new suit, but nothing was too good for the citizens of Athens, whom he paid out of the public treasury."


    What does "nothing was too good for the citizens of Athens" mean?


    2."Lerne, a popular hetaera, was also known as Didrachmas because her conversation consisted almost entirely of the Greek for two drachmas, or about thirty-six cents in our money."


    What does "her conversation consisted of the Greek for two drachmas" mean?


    3."We have no statistics on the number of women in Athens, as they were not considered worth counting. The Greeks little knew what things were coming to."


    What does "little knew what things were coming to" mean?
    "Nothing was too good for the citizens of Athens" -- Pericles believed that every public cause, project, anything done for the people of Athens, no matter how expensive, deserved the money spent on it. This included bribing private citizens with public money.


    "her conversation consisted of the Greek for two drachmas" A play on words, too witty to be effective. Conversation, here in the Greek language, is one kind of intercourse. A hetaera or prostitute sells herself for (sexual) intercourse. Lerna did this at 36 cents per "talk"; most of her customers were Greeks.

    "The Greeks little knew what things were coming to." I wish you had quoted another sentence or two, for more context. Generally it means the Greeks had no idea of what lay in store for them; they did not know what would happen to them in the near future.
    Last edited by abaka; 18-Jan-2009 at 09:04.

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