Classical Ethics, Book III, Chapter 09 Typo?

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    Ava M Bollig

    Good morning Mr. Michael and fellow students,

    I am currently working on Ethics, Book III, Chapter 09, and there is a sentence within this chapter that seems to be a mistake.  The sentence is: “Hence also fortitude is unaccompanied with pain, and is justly praised; for it is more difficult to endure pain, than to abstain from pleasure.”. The first part of this sentence says that fortitude is not accompanied with pain, and the second part seems to say that fortitude is accompanied with pain. Is this a mistake, or am I misunderstanding what Aristotle is saying?  Could anyone who knows the answer please help me figure this out?

    Thanks,

    Ava Bollig

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    William C. Michael
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    Yes, Ava.  Based on the original Greek text of Aristotle, the translation should read:

    Hence also fortitude is painful, and is justly praised; for it is more difficult to endure painful things than to abstain from pleasant things.

    Thanks for posting.

    God bless,
    Mr. Michael

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    Ava M Bollig

    Ok, thank you for helping me!

    God Bless,

    Ava Bollig

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