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The Translator’s Modesty Topos

December 17, 2011

“To come from behind the façade of impersonality, I would also like to express thanks in propria persona to the many individuals who helped with both great and small problems over the years. Firstly, my most grateful thanks are due to Hildur Blöndal for her generosity in giving me the privilege of tackling what has been an ensnaring labour; it is a peculiar pleasure that she has been able to see the work brought to an end, and her husband’s last ambition fulfilled, by however unworthy a surrogate.”

Bendikt S. Benedikz, trans. and ed. of Sigfús Blöndal’s The Varangians of Byzantium