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Epictetus, Discourses (ed. George Long), book 3 (search)
n order that this may be done, a thousand seats must be placed and men must be invited to listen, and you must ascend the pulpit in a fine robe or cloak and describe the death of Achilles. Cease, I intreat you by the gods, to spoil good words and good acts as much as you can. Nothing can have more power in exhortation that when the speaker shows to the hearers that he has need of them. But tell me who when he hears you reaching or discoursing is anxious about himself or turns to reflect on himself? or when he has gone out says, The philosopher hit me well: I must no longer do these things. But does he not, even if you have a great reputation, say to some person? He spoke finely about Xerxes;Cicero, de Officiis i. 18: 'Quae magno animo et fortiter excellenterque gesta sunt, ea nescio quomodo pleniore ore laudamus. Hino Rhetorum campus de Marathone, Salamine, Plataeis, Thermopylis, Leuctria.' and another says, No, but about the battle of Thermopylae. Is this listening to a philosopher?
Epictetus, Discourses (ed. Thomas Wentworth Higginson), book 3 (search)
tions in which they are involved; and that they care for everything rather than what they mean to care for; for they mean the things conducive to happiness, but they seek them where they are not to be found. To effect this, must a thousand seats be placed, and an audience invited; and you, in a fine robe or cloak, ascend the rostrum, and describe the death of Achilles? Forbear, for Heaven's sake ! to bring, so far as you are able, good works and practices into disgrace. Nothing, to be sure, gives more force to exhortation than when the speaker shows that he has need of the hearers; but tell me who, when he hears you reading or speaking, is solicitous about himself; or turns his attention upon himself; or says, when he is gone away, "The philosopher hit me well "? Instead of this, even though you are in high vogue, one hearer merely remarks to another, " He spoke finely about Xerxes! " "No," says the other; " but on the battle of Thermopylae!" Is this the audience for a philosopher?
E. T. Merrill, Commentary on Catullus (ed. E. T. Merrill), Poem 68b (search)
uncommon; cf. Hor. Ep. 17.30 ardeo quantum … nec Sicana fervida virens in Aetna flamma ; Ov. Epist. Sapph. 12 me calor Aetnaeo non minor igne tenet . rupes: for mons, as in Catul. 61.28; cf. Grat. Cyn. 430 in Trinacria rupe . lympha: etc., the waters referred to are the hot springs that by their vicinity gave its name to the pass of Thermopylae. qualis: etc., i. e. the lover's tears ran as freely and constantly as an unfailing mountain-brook. The development of the details of the figure is but a poetical embellishment. With the figure in general cf. Hom. Il. 9.14 i(/stato da/kru xe/wn w(/s te krh/nh mela/nudros , etc.; Hom. Il.16.3; and a similar comparison of tears to melting snows in Sen. Phaedr. 389 ff. per