emain there. Man, you have forgotten your purpose:
you were not travelling to this inn, but you were passing
through it.—But this is a pleasant inn.—And how many
other inns are pleasant? and how many meadows are
pleasant? yet only for passing through. But your purpose
is this, to return to your country, to relieve your kinsmen
of anxiety, to discharge the duties of a citizen, to marry, to
beget children, to fill the usual magistracies.The Stoics taught that a man should lead an active life. Horace
(Ep. i. 1. 16) represents himself as sometimes following the Stoic
'Nune agilis fio et mersor civilibus undis.'
but this was only talk. The Stoic should discharge all the duties
of a citizen, says Epictetus; he should even marry and beget children.
But the marrying may be done without any sense of duty; and the
continuance of the human race is secured by the natural love of the
male and of the female for conjunction. Still it is good advice,
which the Roman censor Metellus gave t