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Plato, Republic, Book 5, section 452c (search)
part of our law,For a variation of this image cf. 568 D. after begging these fellows not to mind their own businessPlato plays on his own favorite phrase. The proper business of the wit is to raise a laugh. Cf. Symposium 189 B. but to be serious, and reminding them that it is not long since the Greeks thought it disgraceful and ridiculous, as most of the barbariansCf. Thucydides i. 6, Herodotus i. 10. Sikes in Anthropolgy and the Classics says this was borrowed from Thucydides, whom Wilamowitz says Plato never read. Cf. Dio Chrys. xiii. 226 M. For E)C OU(= cf. Demosthenes iv. 3, Isocrates v. 47. do now, for men to be seen naked. And when the practice of athletics began, first with the Cretans