roofs of these buildings with fire, they levelled
them to their foundations; and threw down all the statues, which
numbered no less than two thousand; and many of them they
broke to pieces, sparing only those that were inscribed with
the names or figures of gods. Such they did abstain from
injuring. On the walls also they wrote the celebrated line composed
by Samus, the son of Chrysogonus, a foster-brother of
the king, whose genius was then beginning to manifest itself.
The line was this—
"Seest thou the path the bolt divine has sped?"
And in fact the king and his staff were fully convinced that, in
thus acting, they were obeying the dictates of right and
justice, by retaliating upon the Aetolians with the same
impious outrages as they had themselves committed at Dium.The pun disappears in translation. The line is
o(ra=|s to\ di=on ou(= be/los die/ptato.
But I am clearly of an opposite opinion. And the readiest
argument, to prove the correctness of my view, may be drawn
from the his