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Aristophanes, Birds (ed. Eugene O'Neill, Jr.), line 989 (search)
the least. Meton With the straight ruler I set to work to inscribe a square within this circle; in its center will be the market-place, into which all the straight streets will lead, converging to this center like a star, which, although only orbicular, sends forth its rays in a straight line from all sides. Pisthetaerus A regular Thales! Meton . . . Meton What d'you want with me? Pisthetaerus I want to give you a proof of my friendship. Use your legs. Meton Why, what have I to fear? Pisthetaerus It's the same here as in Sparta. Strangers are driven away, and blows rain down as thick as hail. Meton Is there sedition in your city? Pisthetaerus No, certainly not. Meton What's wrong then? Pisthetaerus We are agreed to sweep all quacks and impostors far from our borders. Meton Then I'll be going. Pisthetaerus I'm afraid it's too late. The thunder growls already. He beats him. Meton Oh, woe! oh, woe! Pisthetaerus I warned you. Now, be off, and do your surveying somewhere else.
Aristophanes, Birds (ed. Eugene O'Neill, Jr.), line 1263 (search)
ous, very gracious, thrice happy, very ... Come, prompt me, somebody, do Pisthetaerus Get to your story! Herald All peoples are filled with admiration for your wisdom, and they award you this golden crown. Pisthetaerus I accept it. But tell me, why do the people admire me? Herald Oh you, who have founded so illustrious a city in the air, you know not in what esteem men hold you and how many there are who burn with desire to dwell in it. Before your city was built, all men had a mania for Sparta; long hair and fasting were held in honor, men went dirty like Socrates and carried staves. Now all is changed. Firstly, as soon as it's dawn, they all spring out of bed together to go and seek their food, the same as you do; then they fly off towards the notices and finally devour the decrees. The bird-madness is so clear that many actually bear the names of birds. There is a halting victualler, who styles himself the partridge; Menippus calls himself the swallow; Opuntius the one-eyed crow
Aristophanes, Knights (ed. Eugene O'Neill, Jr.), line 461 (search)
nd nailed and put together against me. Chorus to the Sausage-Seller Look out, look out! Come, outfence him with some wheelwright slang. Sausage-Seller His tricks at Argos do not escape me. Under pretence of forming an alliance with the Argives, he is hatching a plot with the Lacedaemonians there; and I know why the bellows are blowing and the metal that is on the anvil; it's the question of the prisoners. Chorus Well done! Forge on, if he be a wheelwright. Sausage-Seller And there are men at Sparta who are hammering the iron with you; but neither gold nor silver nor prayers nor anything else shall impede my denouncing your trickery to the Athenians. Cleon As for me, I hasten to the Senate to reveal your plotting, your nightly gatherings in the city, your trafficking with the Medes and with the Great King, and all you are foraging for in Boeotia. Sausage-Seller What price then is paid for forage by Boeotians? Cleon Oh! by Heracles! I will tan your hide. He departs. Chorus Come, if you h
Aristophanes, Peace (ed. Eugene O'Neill, Jr.), line 250 (search)
h the pestle, for War will quietly amuse himself with pounding all the towns of Hellas to pieces. Ah! Bacchus! cause this herald of evil to perish on his road! War To the returning Tumult. Well? Tumult Well, what? War You have brought back nothing? Tumult Alas! the Athenians have lost their pestle —the tanner, who ground Greece to powder. Trygaeus Oh! Athena, venerable mistress! it is well for our city he is dead, and before he could serve us with this hash. War Then go and seek one at Sparta and have done with it! Tumult Aye, aye, master! He runs off. War Shouting after him. Be back as quick as ever you can. Trygaeus to the audience. What is going to happen, friends? This is the critical hour. Ah! if there is some initiate of Samothrace among you, this is surely the moment to wish this messenger some accident —some sprain or strain. Tumult returning. Alas! alas! thrice again, alas! War What is it? Again you come back without it? Tumult The Spartans too have lost their
Aristophanes, Peace (ed. Eugene O'Neill, Jr.), line 601 (search)
TrygaeusThat, by Apollo! is what no one ever told me; I could not think what connection there could be between Phidias and Peace. Leader of the ChorusNor I, until now. This accounts for her beauty, if she is related to him. There are so many things that escape us. HermesThen, when the towns subject to you saw that you were angered one against the other and were showing each other your teeth like dogs, they hatched a thousand plots to pay you no more dues and gained over the chief citizens of Sparta at the price of gold. They, being as shamelessly greedy as they were faithless in diplomacy, chased off Peace with ignominy to let loose War. Though this was profitable to them, it was the ruin of the husbandmen, who were innocent of all blame; for, in revenge, your galleys went out to devour their figs. TrygaeusAnd with justice too; did they not break down my black fig tree, which I had planted and dunged with my own hands? Leader of the ChorusYes, by Zeus! yes, that was well done; the wret
Aristophanes, Thesmophoriazusae (ed. Eugene O'Neill, Jr.), line 846 (search)
ave a complete woman's outfit. Third Woman What are you ruminating about now? Why are you rolling up your eyes? You'll have no reason to be proud of your Helen, if you don't keep quiet until one of the Magistrates arrives. Mnesilochus As Helen “These shores are those of the Nile with the beautiful nymphs, these waters take the place of heaven's rain and fertilize the white earth, that produces the black syrmea.” Third Woman By bright Hecate, you're a cunning varlet. Mnesilochus “Glorious Sparta is my country and Tyndareus is my father.” Third Woman He your father, you rascal! Why, it's Phrynondas. Mnesilochus “I was given the name of Helen.” Third Woman What! you are again becoming a woman, before we have punished you for having pretended it the first time! Mnesilochus “A thousand warriors have died on my account on the banks of the Scamander.” Third Woman Would that you had done the same! Mnesilochus “And here I am upon these shores; Menelaus, my unhappy husband,
Aristophanes, Thesmophoriazusae (ed. Eugene O'Neill, Jr.), line 902 (search)
istaken, 'tis none other than that unfortunate mortal who stands before you.” Mnesilochus “Ah! how you have delayed coming to your wife's arms! Press me to your heart, throw your arms about me, for I wish to cover you with kisses. Carry me away, carry me away, quick, quick, far, very far from here.” Third Woman By the goddesses, woe to him who would carry you away! I should thrash him with my torch. Euripides “Do you propose to prevent me from taking my wife, the daughter of Tyndareus, to Sparta?” Third Woman You seem to me to be a cunning rascal too; you are in collusion with this man, and it wasn't for nothing that you kept babbling about Egypt. But the hour for punishment has come; here is the Magistrate with his Scythian. Euripides This is getting awkward. Let me hide myself. Mnesilochus And what is to become of me, poor unfortunate man that I am? Euripides Don't worry. I shall never abandon you, as long as I draw breath and one of my numberless artifices remains untried.
Aristotle, Athenian Constitution (ed. H. Rackham), chapter 19 (search)
the tyranny was much harsher; for Hippias's numerous executions and sentences of exile in revenge for his brother led to his being suspicious of everybody and embittered. About four years after Hipparchus's death the state of affairs in the city was so bad that he set about fortifying Munychia,A hill above the sea S. of the city, commanding Peiraeus and the two other harbors. with the intention of moving his establishment there. While engaged in this he was driven out by the king of Sparta, Cleomenes, as oracles were constantly being given to the Spartans to put down the tyranny, for the following reason. The exiles headed by the Alcmeonidae were not able to effect their return by their own unaided efforts, but were always meeting reverses; for besides the other plans that were complete failures, they built the fort of LeipsydrionThe name suggests 'water-failure.' Parnes is a mountain in N.E. Attica. in the country, on the slopes of Parnes, where some of their friends
Aristotle, Athenian Constitution (ed. H. Rackham), chapter 27 (search)
advice of Damonides of Oea (who was believed to suggest to Pericles most of his measures, owing to which they afterwards ostracized him), since he was getting the worst of it with his private resources, to give the multitude what was their own, and he instituted payment for the jury-courts; the result of which according to some critics was their deterioration, because ordinary persons always took more care than the respectable to cast lots for the duty. Also it was after this that the organized bribery of juries began, Anytus having first shown the way to it after his command at PylosPylos (Navarino) on the W. coast of Peloponnesus, had been taken by Athens 425 B.C, but was retaken by Sparta 409 B.C. Anytus (see also Aristot. Ath. Pol. 34.3, one of the prosecutors of Socrates) was sent with 30 triremes to its relief, but owing to weather never got round Cape Malea.; for when he was brought to trial by certain persons for having lost Pylos he bribed the court and got off.
Aristotle, Athenian Constitution (ed. H. Rackham), chapter 37 (search)
d actually taken part in the demolition of the fortA projecting mole on the northern side of Peiraeus harbor, commanding the entrance. It had been begun, but was then demolished at the instigation of Theramenes (Thuc. 8.90-92). on Eetionea, or in any act of opposition to the Four Hundred who had instituted the former oligarchy; in both of these proceedings Theramenes had in fact participated, so that the result was that when the laws had been ratified he became outside the constitution and the Thirty had authority to put him to death. Theramenes having been put out of the way, they disarmed everybody except the Three Thousand, and in the rest of their proceedings went much further in the direction of cruelty and rascality. And they sent ambassadors to Sparta to denounce Theramenes and call upon the Spartans to assist them; and when the Spartans heard this message they dispatched Callibius as governor and about seven hundred troops, who came and garrisoned the Acropolis.
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