The Socratic Art
I got a random email last week from a young history teacher in Connecticut. She found, on the now-archaic webpage that I created as an undergrad, a couple of Greek quotations that I like. She emailed me because she's always liked the line attributed to Socrates in Plato's Apology: "The unexamined life is not worth living." She wanted to get it as a tattoo and thought that having it in the original Greek would look even better than the English translation. But since she doesn't know ancient Greek, she was concerned that she would end up with permanent skin art that any self-respecting philologist would mock her for. I checked Perseus to make sure that my quotation was correct, even though I remember copying it from the Apology when I read it. Since she still wasn't convinced (after all, who would trust an archaeologist in any philological matter?), I told her to go to her local university library, find the Loebs, and flip through the Apology until she found it.