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[3] Now the hot-tempered man is not crafty, nor is anger, but open; whereas desire is crafty, as they say of Aphrodite: “ Weaver of wiles in Cyprus born1

” and Homer writes of her ‘broidered girdle’ “ Cajolery2 that cheats the wisest wits.

As therefore unrestraint in desire is more unjust as well as more disgraceful than unrestraint as regards anger, unrestraint in desire is Unrestraint in the strict sense, and is even in a certain sense Vice.

1 The line seems to have ended Κυπρογένεος πρόπολον (Bergk, cf. Hesych., K. π. προαγ<ω>γόν) , ‘for the servant of the wile-weaving Cyprus-born,’ viz., Peitho, Persuasion. It is ascribed by Wilamowitz to Sappho, and the same epithet is applied to Aphrodite in Sappho, 1.2.

2 One of the emblematic figures embroidered on the girdle of Aphrodite, Hom. Il. 14.217.

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