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Aristophanes, Knights (ed. Eugene O'Neill, Jr.), line 790 (search)
ote against you. You know this only too well; it is for this you rock him to sleep with your lies.
Is it not shameful, that you should dare thus to calumniate me before Demos, me, to whom Athens, I swear it by Demeter, already owes more than it ever did to Themistocles?
Oh! citizens of Argos, do you hear what he says?
You dare to compare yourself to Themistocles, who found our city half empty and left it full to overflowing, who one day gave us the Piraeus for dinner, and added fresh fish to all our usual meals. You, on the contrary, you, who compare yourself with Themistocles, have only sought to reduce our city in size, to shut it within its walls, to chant oracles to us. And Themistocles goes into exile, while you gorge yourself on the most excellent fare
Oh! Demos! Am I compelled to hear myself thus abused, and merely because I love you?
Silence! stop your abuse! All too long have I been your dupe.
Ah! my dear l
Aristophanes, Knights (ed. Eugene O'Neill, Jr.), line 843 (search)
have bought you this pair of shoes; accept them.
He gives Demos the shoes; Demos puts them on.
None ever, to my knowledge, has merited so much from the people; you are the most zealous of all men for your country and for my toes.
Can a wretched pair of slippers make you forget all that you owe me? Is it not I who curbed the pederasts by erasing Gryttus'
name from the lists of citizens?
Ah! noble Inspector of Arses, let me congratulate you. Moreover, if you set yourself against this form of lewdness, this pederasty,
it was for sheer jealousy, knowing it to be the school for orators. But you see this poor Demos without a cloak and that at his age too! so little do you care for him, that in mid-winter you have not given him a garment with sleeves. Here, Demos, here is one, take it!
He gives Demos a cloak; Demos puts it on.
This even Themistocles never thought of; the Piraeus was no doubt a happy idea, but I think this tunic is quite as fine as invention.