WHAT DO THESE FOUR GENTLEMEN HAVE IN COMMON?
Yes, they are all European scholars … but they are also prominent translators.
Translating is rather a transfer of culture and knowledge than the pure assignment of a text from the source language into a target language.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR OUR WORK?
It means that we must be proficient in our own mother tongue and well versed in the foreign language, but we must also understand the text to be translated as a medium of culture and knowledge and that this point of view is accordingly reflected in the translation.