s implied in the
Phaedrus 252 EFILO/SOFOS KAI\
H(GEMONIKO/S, and Politicus 293 C, and only
seems to be contradicted in Euthydemus 306 B. Aristotle
is said to have contradicted it in a lost work (fr. 79, 1489 b 8 ff.). It is paraphrased or parodied by
a score of writers from Polybius xii. 28 to Bacon, Hobbes, More,
Erasmus, and Bernard Shaw.
Boethius transmitted it to the Middle Ages (Cons. Phil. i. 4. 11). It was
always on the lips of Marcus Aurelius. Cf. Capitol, Aurelius i. 1 and iv. 27. It was a
standardized topic of compliment to princes in Themistius, Julian, the Panegyrici
Latini, and many modern imitators. Among the rulers who have
been thus compared with Plato's
cian's dialogues. Cf. Overbeck,
Schriftquellen, p. 208, n. 1091, Otto, p. 227, s.
v. Momus. Cf. Callimachus, fr. 70; and Anth. Pal. xvi.
262. 3-4:AU)TO\S O( *MW=MOS FQE/GCETAI,
*)/AKRHTOS, *ZEU= PA/TER, H( SOFI/H, “Momus
himself will cry out ‘Father Zeus, this was perfect
skill.'” (L.C.L. translation.) Stallbaum refers to Erasmus, Chiliad, i. 5.
75 and interpreters on Aristaenet.Epist. i. I, p. 239,
ed. Boissonade. himself,” he said, “could not
find fault with such a combination.” “Well,
then,” said I, “when men of this sort are perfected by
education and maturity of age, would you not entrust the state solely to
them?”And Adeimantus said,