ailed to succeed in the task for which you are inviting me. But I myself have no great hopes of success (as to my reasons for this, another long letter would be required to explain them in full), and moreover, because of my age, I am not physically fit to go wandering about and to run such risks as one encounters both by sea and land; and at present there is nothing but danger for travellers everywhere.Probably an allusion to the prevalence of pirates (such as Alexander of Pherae) in the Aegean Sea.
I am able, however, to give you and the settlers advice which may seem to be, as HesiodA fragment (229) of Hesiod, otherwise unknown: cf. Hes. WD 483-484. says, “Trivial when uttered by me, but hard to be understanded.” For they are mistaken if they believe that a constitution could ever be well established by any kind of legislation whatsoever without the existence of some authorityf. Plat. Laws 962b, Plat. L. 7.326c, Plat. L. 7.326d. in the State which supervises the daily life bo