went on asking for what object one should choose
to come into existence rather than not, he replied by saying, 'For the
sake of contemplating the heavens and the whole order of the
universe.' Anaxagoras therefore thought that the alternative of being
alive was valuable for the sake of some kind of knowledge; but those who ascribe bliss
to SardanapallusA mythical king of
Assyria, proverbial for luxury, cf. Aristot. Nic.
Eth. 1295b 22. or Smindyrides of SybarisGreek colony in S. Italy. For Smindyrides, who
travelled with 1000 slaves in attendance, see Hdt.
6.127, Athenaeus 5 p.
273. or some of the others living the life of enjoyment,
all appear for their part to place happiness in delight; while a different set would not choose either
wisdom of any kind or the bodily pleasures in preference to the
actions that spring from goodness: at all events, some people choose
those actions not only for the sake