Re: There is nothing new under the sun

From: Jonathan Ryder (
Date: Fri Mar 05 1999 - 10:22:03 EST

"Kevin L. Barney" wrote:

> I have a vague recollection that there is a Greek (or perhaps Latin) source
> underlying the common expression "there is nothing new under the sun."
> Does anyone happen to know if that is correct, and if so, what the source
> is and the Greek (or Latin) form of the saying?

I think you'll find Hebrew is the source you're looking for - Ecclesiastes 1v9,
orignial form in translation: 'there is nothing new under the sun', that is unless
you've heard that there is a greek saying underlying Ecclesiastes (given scholarly
consensus of 2nd century dating)

Jonathan Ryder

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