For what else have
you gained by reading it? What conviction have
you formed upon this subject? But you tell us of
Helen, and Priam, and the isle of Calypso, something which never was, nor ever will be. And in
these matters, indeed, it is of no great consequence
if you retain the story, without forming any principle of your own. But we commit this error much
more in dealing with moral questions, than upon such
subjects as these.
" Talk to me concerning good and evil."
Winds blew from Ilium to Ciconian shores. Homer, Odyssey, ix. 39.
The expression became proverbial, signifying " from bad to worse." - H.
Some things are good, some evil, and some indifferent. Now the good are the virtues, and whatever
partakes of them; and the evil are vices, and what
partakes of vice; the indifferent lie between these,
as riches, health, life, death, pleasure, pain.
"Whence do you know this?"
[Suppose I say] Hellanicus says it, in his Egyptian History. For what does it signify, whether one