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[329d] and we are rid of many and mad1 masters. But indeed in respect of these complaints and in the matter of our relations with kinsmen and friends there is just one cause, Socrates—not old age, but the character of the man. For if men are temperate and cheerful2 even old age is only moderately burdensome. But if the reverse, old age, Socrates, and youth are hard for such dispositions.”

And I was filled with admiration3 for the man by these words, and desirous of hearing more I tried to draw him out and said, “I fancy,

1 Cf. Euripides I.A. 547μαινομένων οἴστρων.

2 For Sophocles as εὔκολος cf. Aristophanes Frogs 82, and on this quality, Laws 791 C.

3 Cephalus prefigures the old age of the righteous, 612-613. There is then no parody of Antisthenes as Joel fancies.

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