ban flute-player Timotheus, cf.
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
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<