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Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics (ed. H. Rackham), Book 7, chapter 7 (search)
ban flute-player Timotheus, cf. Dryden, Alexander's Feast) ; apparently Alexander's music had a different effect on Xenophantus! But we are surprised when a man is overcome by pleasures and pains which most men are able to withstand, except when his failure to resist is due to some innate tendency, or to disease: instances of the former being the hereditary effeminacyHdt. 1.105, says that certain Scythians who robbed the temple of Uranian Aphrodite at Askalon were smitten with the ‘feminine disease,’ which affected their descendants ever after; but Hippocrates, *peri\ a)e/rwn22, describes effeminate symptoms prevalent among wealthy and high-born Scythians, due to being too much on horseback. of the royal family of Scythia, and the inferior endurance of the female sex as compared with the male. People too fond of amusement are thought to be profligate, but really they are soft; for amusement is rest, and ther<