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Plutarch, Dinner Of The Seven Wise Men, 149b

nanand, better yet, by harbouring no discontent but an open satisfaction in being placed next to such persons as these. For, in every case, a man that objects to his place at table is objecting to his neighbour rather than to his host, and he makes himself hateful to both." "All this," said Alexidemus, "is merely talk that means nothing. As a matter of fact, Iobserve that all you wise men too make it your aim in life to have honour shown you"; and with that he passed by us and departed. Thales, in answer to our look of astonishment at the man's extraordinary conduct, said, "Acrazy fellow, and uncouth by nature; as an instance, when he was still a boy, some especially fine perfume was brought to Thrasybulus, and this the youngster emptied into a big wine-cooler

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symposium' McGowan, Ascetic Eucharists: Food and Drink in Early Christian Ritual Meals (1999) 50