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A clowdy, dull, Day. Some snow about noon, and rain towards night. σπίζημαι, τα καθαρματα
1. This passage remains a puzzle after examination by several authorities on Greek. It
is not an accurate quotation from Plato, and nothing in the context gives a clue to
what JA intended by the first word, which makes neither sense nor grammar as it stands. If
we may read the first word as the noun ἐπιστῆ
, then the passage may be translated: “Sciences (or studies), the things that cleanse
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2014.