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Plutarch, Dinner Of The Seven Wise Men, 152c


nanwhile we desire to be esteemed friends and loyal counsellors. Solon, gently clapping him upon the shoulder and smiling, answered: Do you not perceive that any one would make a king more moderate and a tyrant more favorable, who should persuade him that it is better not to reign than to reign? Then we must believe you before the oracle delivered unto you, quoth Aesop, which pronounced that city happy that heard but one crier. Yes, quoth Solon, and Athens, though now a commonwealth, hath but one crier and one magistrate, and that is the law, though the government be democratical; but you, my friend, have been so accustomed to the croaking of ravens and the prating of jays, that you do not hear your own voice. For you maintain it to be the happiness of a city to be under the command of one man, and yet account it the praise of a feast if liberty is allowed every man to speak his mind freely upon what subject he pleases. But you have not prohibited your servants' drunkenness, as you have forbidden them to love or to use dry ointments. Solon laughed at this; but Cleodorus the physician said: To use dry ointment is like talking when a man is drenched with wine; both are very pleasant.


nanif he could persuade them that it is better not to rule than to rule?" "Who," he replied, "would believe you in this matter in preference to the god who said, according to the oracle referring to you, Blessed the city that hears the command of one herald only?""Yet it is a fact," said Solon, "that even now the Athenians hearken to one herald and ruler only


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aesop Delcomminette, d’Hoine, and Gavray, Ancient Readings of Plato’s Phaedo (2015) 124
affinity, argument from Delcomminette, d’Hoine, and Gavray, Ancient Readings of Plato’s Phaedo (2015) 125
contraries/opposites, argument from Delcomminette, d’Hoine, and Gavray, Ancient Readings of Plato’s Phaedo (2015) 125
harmony, the soul as harmony/attunement Delcomminette, d’Hoine, and Gavray, Ancient Readings of Plato’s Phaedo (2015) 125
peri psukhès Delcomminette, d’Hoine, and Gavray, Ancient Readings of Plato’s Phaedo (2015) 125
plutarch, of chaeronea Delcomminette, d’Hoine, and Gavray, Ancient Readings of Plato’s Phaedo (2015) 124, 125
recollection, argument from Delcomminette, d’Hoine, and Gavray, Ancient Readings of Plato’s Phaedo (2015) 125
suicide Delcomminette, d’Hoine, and Gavray, Ancient Readings of Plato’s Phaedo (2015) 125
xenophon' Delcomminette, d’Hoine, and Gavray, Ancient Readings of Plato’s Phaedo (2015) 124