To not be contemptuous when a friend makes an accusation — even if it is unreasonable, but rather try to restore him to friendship; to heartily speak well of my teachers (as it is remembered Domitius and Athenodotus); and to truly love my children.
The prior post in this series may be found here
Greek Text and Notes:
Παρὰ Κατούλου τὸ μὴ ὀλιγώρως ἔχειν φίλου αἰτιωμένου τι, κἂν τύχῃ ἀλόγως αἰτιώμενος, ἀλλὰ πειρᾶσθαι καὶ ἀποκαθιστάναι ἐπὶ τὸ σύνηθες: καὶ τὸ περὶ τῶν διδασκάλων ἐκθύμως εὔφημον, οἷα τὰ περὶ Δομιτίου καὶ Ἀθηνοδότου ἀπομνημονευόμενα: καὶ τὸ περὶ τὰ τέκνα ἀληθινῶς ἀγαπητικόν.
τὸ μὴ ὀλιγώρως ἔχειν
to not lightly esteem, contemptuously hold/have
Again, the section begins with an infinitive.
φίλου αἰτιωμένου τι,
a friend’s imputation, accusation, cause
κἂν τύχῃ ἀλόγως αἰτιώμενος,
even if if by act unreasonably is accusing/imputing
kan: conditional particle
Dative: by an an
a-logos: unreasonably, without reason
But to attempt/make a trial
The alla marks this clause as the opposite of the preceding clauses.
and to restore
The kai coordinates the two infinitives: attempt to restore
ἐπὶ τὸ σύνηθες:
to the dwelling together — hence, friendliness
The epi indicates the goal or result.
καὶ τὸ περὶ τῶν διδασκάλων ἐκθύμως εὔφημον,
and concerning the teachers fully-spirited well-fame
The article indicates possession: one’s teachers
ἐκθύμως εὔφημον: heartily speak well of
οἷα τὰ περὶ Δομιτίου καὶ Ἀθηνοδότου ἀπομνημονευόμενα:
what sort of
τὰ περὶ Δομιτίου καὶ Ἀθηνοδότου ἀπομνημονευόμενα:
The things remembered concerning Domitius and Athenodotus
καὶ τὸ περὶ τὰ τέκνα ἀληθινῶς ἀγαπητικόν.
And concerning the children to truly love
ἀγαπητικόν: adjectival form of agape