l me.The original is 'but that person () has power to kill me.'
That person' must be the person already mentioned, and Mrs. Carter
has done right in adding this explanation. Speak the
truth then, unhappy man, and do not brag, nor claim to
be a philosopher, nor refuse to acknowledge your masters,
but so long as you present this handle in your body,
follow every man who is stronger than yourself. So,
crates used to practise speaking, he who talked as he did to
the tyrants,The Thirty tyrants of Athens, as they were named (Xenophon,
Hellenica, ii.). The talk of Socrates with Critias and Charicles two of
the Thirty is reported in Xenophon's Memorabilia (i. 2, 33). The
defence of Socrates before those who tried him and his conversation in
prison are reported in Plato's Apology, and in the Phaedon and Crito.
Diogenes was captured by some pirates and sold (iv. 1, 115). to the dicasts (judges), he who talked in
his prison. Diogenes had practised speaking, he who
spoke as he did to Alexander, to
. Then if you become attached to this also, cry
for this too, and try to make a verse like the verse of
The hot baths of Nero and the Marcian water.
See how tragedy is made when common things happen
to silly men.
When then shall I see Athens again and the Acropolis?
Wretch, are you not content with what you see daily?
have you any thing better or greater to see than the sun,
the moon, the stars, the whole earth, the sea? But if
indeed you comprehend him who administers the Whole,
and carry him about in yourself, do you still desire small
stones, and a beautiful rock?The 'small stones' are supposed to be the marbles which decorated
Athens, and the rock to be the Acropolis. When then you are going
to leave the sun itself and the moon, what will you do?
will you sit and weep like children? Well, what have
you been doing in the school? what did you hear, what
did you learn? why did you write yourself a philosopher,
when you might have written the truth; as, I made
law. And yet how
many friends do you think that he had in Thebes, bow
many in Argos, how many in Athens? and how many do
you think that he gained by going about? And he married
also, when it seemed t desire, you who are an admirer of truth and
of Socrates and Diogenes. What do you wish to do in
Athens? the same (that others do), or something else?
Why then do you call yourself a Stoic? Well, but now you not that he who does the
acts of a child, the older he is, the more ridiculous
In Athens did you see no one by going to his house?—
I visited any man that I pleased—Here also be ready t any longer room for flattery,
where for meanness? why do you still long for the quiet
there (at Athens), and for the places to which you are
accustomed? Wait a little and you will again find these
plgood man, neither in making his defence nor
by fixing a penalty on himself,It was the custom at Athens when the court (the dicasts) had determined to convict an accused person, in some cases at least