The Harvard Classics


Author: Various (Plato, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius)
Title: The Harvard Classics: Registered Edition
Publisher: Grolier Enterprises Corp.
Year of publication: 1980
Place of publication: Danbury, Connecticut, USA
Editor: Charles W. Eliot
Translators: Benjamin Jowett, Hastings Crossley, George Long
Place of purchase: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Purchase cost: CAD 10
Ownership: Thirdhand or above
General comments: Lest the reader be seduced by the wily ways of Socrates and his ilk, a previous owner (or just a crusading bookshelf browser?) of this volume of outdated classics translations has chosen to transcribe a few Bible verses onto the title page warning against the damnation the Greek philosophical tradition brings in its wake. This book was purchased on the campus of the University of Alberta in the autumn of 2014 at a used bookstore which no longer exists. It contains translations of three Platonic dialogues (the Apology, Crito, and Phaedo), the Golden Sayings of Epictetus, and the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. As indicated by the embossment in the bottom righthand corner of the page, this book was once owned by one Gordon L. Jones of Guelph, Ontario, a small city (~ 130,000 pop.) to the west of Toronto and home to the University of Guelph. How the book ended up in Edmonton, some 3,000 km away, is anyone’s guess.
[title page]
“Those who cling to worthless idols
forfeit the grace that could be theirs.”
Jonah 2:8

“See to it that no one takes you captive through
hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends
on human tradition and the basic principles
of this world rather than on Christ.”
Colossians 2:8

Gordon Jones
Submitted by: James Matiko

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