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We are told that the Scythian Anacharsis, who took great pride in his wisdom, once came to Pytho and inquired of the oracle who of the Greeks was wiser than he. And the oracle replied: A man of Oeta, Myson, they report, Is more endowed than thou with prudent brains. Myson was a Malian and had his home on Mt. Oeta in a village called Chenae.Const. Exc. 4, pp. 281-283.
When Chilon came to Delphi he thought to dedicate to the god the firstlings, as it were, of his own wisdom, and engraved upon a column these three maxims: "Know thyself"; "Nothing overmuch"; and the third, "A pledge, and ruin is nigh." Each of these maxims, though short and laconic,Chilon was a Spartan (Laconian) ephor in 556 B.C. displays deep reflection. For the maxim "Know thyself" exhorts us to become educated and to get prudence, it being only by these means that a
on with contracts and with agreements on other matters, all of which are concerned
with money. As Euripides says:
No pledge I give, observing well the loss
Which those incur who of the pledge are fond;
And writings there at Pytho say me nay.
Eur. fr. 923 [Nauck（2）]
But some also say that it is
not the meaning of Chilon nor is it the act of a good
citizen, not to come to the aid of a friend when he needs help of this kind; but rather that he