such as I ought to have
and an attitude such as I ought to have: then I will
show to you the statue, when it is perfected, when it
is polished. What do you expect? a supercilious coun-
tenance? Does the Zeus at OlympiaThe great statue at Olympia was the work of Phidias (Pausanias,
v. 11). It was a seated colossal chryselephantine statue, and held a
Victory in the right Land. lift up his brow?
No, his look is fixed as becomes him who is ready to
Irrevocable is my word and shall not fail.—Iliad, i. 526.
Such will I show myself to you, faithful, modest, noble,
free from perturbation—What, and immortal too, exempt
from old age, and from sickness? No, but dying as becomes
a god, sickening as becomes a god. This power I possess;
this I can do. But the rest I do not possess, nor can I do.
I will show the nerves (strength) of a philosopher. What
LervesAn allusion to the combatants in the public exercises, who used to
show their shoulders, muscles and sinews as a proof of their strength.