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“A horse is a thing of beauty. None will tire of looking at him as long as he displays himself in his splendor. When the horse wants to display himself, he lifts his neck up high and flexes his poll haughtily, and picks his legs up freely, and keeps his tail up.”

-- The Art of Horsemanship, Xenophon (Greek, 431-354BC)

Is the attribution correctly punctuated?

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    It looks like we have a horses-fan in here. Well, that looks good, but you misused and a few times in your statement. A horse is a thing of beauty. No one will tire of looking at him/it as long as he/it displays himself/itself in his/its splendor. When a horse wants to display himself/itself, he/it lifts his/its neck up high, flexes his/its poll haughtily, picks his/its legs up freely and keeps his/its tail up. As many other descriptions were coming, you should leave out all these and's and only put one in the final description, as I did. – Haseo Jan 23 '17 at 9:44
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    @Haseo Since he is apparently quoting from a translation of the original source (unless he has translated it himself), it is of course proper to use the quoted text as it stands & not alter it as you propose. – TrevorD Jan 23 '17 at 11:23
  • @TrevorD - It's proper but not common, indeed, there may not be rules that prohibit it, nevertheless, I think it is a much better way to say that statement. The usage of so many "And's" is unecessary and inthusiasts would recommend that we leave out all the "And's" and only put one at the final description. – Haseo Jan 23 '17 at 13:42
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    The questioner was quoting from a book and asking about the attribution. I would be inclined to use a colon - The Art of Horsemanship: Xenophon - but different publishers may have their own conventions. – Kate Bunting Jan 23 '17 at 15:33
  • Thank you Ms. Kate, Mr. Trevor and Haseo for your responses. Yes Mr. Trevor, I am quoting directly from a book, and not my own translation. My confusion lies in the punctuation of the attribution. 1. Should the book title be in parentheses or italic? 2. Should the author, ethnicity, and DOB be first, before the book title? – Just Lucky Jan 24 '17 at 10:18

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