distinctive feature of man among all living creatures, carry
them about all their life inside their tunics idle?He refers to the habit of Eastern nations thrusting their hands into long
sleeves in the presence of their rulers. See Xenophon, Hellen. 2, 1, 8. And more
than all, who wear shirts under their inner tunics, that they
may not even when they fall in battle show their nakedness to
their enemies? . . ."
When Gelo promised to help the Greeks with twentyGelo. See Herod. 7, 157-165, B.C. 481.
thousand land forces and two hundred decked
ships, if they would concede to him the chief
command either by land or sea, they say that
the congress of Greeks, sitting at Corinth, gave
Gelo's envoys a most spirited answer. They urged Gelo to come
to their aid with his forces, and observed that the logic of facts
would give the command to the bravest. This is not the language
of men depending for succour on the Syracusans, as a last
resource; but of men who felt confidence in themselves, and