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[49] To contradict one's elders or to be impudent to them1 was then considered more reprehensible than it is nowadays to sin against one's parents; and to eat or drink in a tavern was something which no one, not even an honest slave, would venture to do;2 for they cultivated the manners of a gentleman, not those of a buffoon; and as for those who had a turn for jesting and playing the clown, whom we today speak of as clever wits, they were then looked upon as sorry fools.3

1 Cf. Aristoph. Cl. 998.

2 The same expression is used in Isoc. 15.286.

3 Cf. Isoc. 15.284.

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