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Aristophanes, Clouds (ed. William James Hickie), line 180 (search)
Strep. (discovering a variety of mathematical instruments) Why, what is this, in the name of heaven? Tell me.
Dis. This is Astronomy.
Strep. But what is this?
Strep. What then is the use of this?
Dis. To measure out the land.
Strep.What belongs to an allotment?
Dis. No, but the whole earth.
Strep. You tell me a clever notion; for the contrivance is democratic and useful.
Dis. (pointing to a map) See, here's a map of the whole earth. Do you see? This is Athens.
Strep. What say you? I don't believe you; for I do not see the Dicasts sitting.
Dis. Be assured that this is truly the Attic territory.
Strep. Why, where are my fellow-tribesmen of Cicynna?
Dis. Here they are. And Euboea here, as you see, is stretched out a long way by the side of it to a great distance.
Strep. I know that; for it was stretched by us and Pericles. But where is Lacedaemon?
Dis. Where is it? Here it is.
Strep. How near it is to us! Pay great attention to this, to remo
Aristophanes, Clouds (ed. William James Hickie), line 392 (search)
are similar to each other. But teach me this, whence comes the thunderbolt blazing with fire, and burns us to ashes when it smites us, and singes those who survive. For indeed Jupiter evidently hurls this at the perjured.
Soc. Why, how then, you foolish person, and savouring of the dark ages and antediluvian, if his manner is to smite the perjured, does he not blast Simon, and Cleonymus, and Theorus? And yet they are very perjured. But he smites his own temple, and Sunium the promontory of Athens, and the tall oaks. Wherefore, for indeed an oak does not commit perjury.
Strep. I do not know; but you seem to speak well. For what, pray, is the thunderbolt?
Soc. When a dry wind, having been raised aloft, is inclosed in these Clouds, it inflates them within, like a bladder; and then, of necessity, having burst them, it rushes out with vehemence by reason of its density, setting fire to itself through its rushing and impetuosity.
Strep. By Jupiter, of a truth I once experienced this exa