is inexpedient or is
dissuading from what is useful; but often he is quite indifferent about showing
that the enslavement of neighboring peoples, even if they have done no harm, is
not an act of injustice.The omission of
ou)k before a)/dikon has been suggested. The sense would then be:
“As to the injustice of enslaving . . . he is quite
indifferent.” There is no doubt a reference to the cruel treatment
by Athens of the inhabitants of
the island of Melos （416 B.C.） for its loyalty to the Spartans
during the Peloponnesian war （Thuc.
5.84-116）. The Athenian envoys declined to discuss the
question of right or wrong, which they said was only possible between equal
powers, and asserted that expediency was the only thing that
had to be considered. The question of justice or injustice （in the
Melian case entirely disregarded）, even when taken into account,
was merely accessory and intended to serv
efinite idea, if he is checked by the speaker
stopping, a sort of stumble is bound to occur in consequence of the sudden stop.
If too long, they leave the hearer behind, as those who do not turn till past
the ordinary limit leave behind those who are walking with them. Similarly long
periods assume the proportions of a speech and resemble dithyrambic preludes.
This gives rise to what Democritus of ChiosA well-known
musician. jokingly rebuked in Melanippides,Of Melos. He wrote
rambling dithyrambic preludes without strophic correspondence.
Others take a)nabolh/ to mean an entire
ode. who instead of antistrophes composed
A man does harm to himself in doing harm to another, and a long
prelude is most deadly to one who composes it;Hes. WD 265. The
second line is a parody of 266, h( de\
kakh\ boulh\ tw=| bouleu/santi
for these verses m