Understandest thou what thou readest? (Ara ge ginwskei a anaginwskei?) The interrogative particle ara and the intensive particle ge indicate doubt on Philip's part. The play (paranomasia) upon the words in the Greek is very neat: Do you know what you know again (read)? The verb for read (anaginwsko) means to know the letters again, recognize, read. The famous comment of Julian about the Christian writings is often quoted: Anegnwn, egnwn, kategnwn (I read, I understood, I condemned). The keen retort was: Anegnw, allouk egnw, ei gar egnw, ouk an kategnw (You read, but did not understand; for if you had understood, you would not have condemned).