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Arrian's Discourses of Epictetus
That when we cannot fulfil that which the character of a man promises, we assume the character of a philosopher.
What is the matter on which a good man should be employed, and in what we ought chiefly to practise ourselves.
2 ὑπερτέθειται. The Latin translation is: “in futurum tempus rejicit.” Wolf says: “Significat id, quod in Enchiridio dictum est: philosophies tironem non nimium tribuere sibi, sed quasi addubitantem expectare dum confirmetur judicium.”
3 Diogenes Laertius (Chrysippus, lib. vii.) states that Chrysippus wrote seven hundred and five books, or treatises, or whatever the word συγγράμματα means. He was born at Soli, in Cilicia, or at Tarsus, in B. C. 280, as it is reckoned, and on going to Athens he became a pupil of the Stoic Cleanthes.
5 Halteres are gymnastic instruments (Galen. i. De Sanitate
tuenda; Martial, xiv. 49; Juvenal, vi. 420, and the Scholiast. Upton).
Halteres is a Greek word, literally “leapers.” They are said to have
been masses of lead, used for exercise and in making jumps. The
effect of such weights in taking a jump is well known to boys who
have used them. A couple of bricks will serve the purpose, Martial
says (xiv. 49):—
“Quid pereunt stulto fortes haltere lacerti?
Exercet melius vinea fossa viros.
(Macleane's Juvenal.) As to the expression, Ὄψει σὺ, καὶ οἱ ἁλτῆρες, see Upton's note. It is also a Latin form: “Epicurus hoc viderit,” Cicero, Acad. ii. c. 7; “haec fortuna viderit,” Ad Attic. vi. 4. It occurs in M. Antoninus, viii. 41, v. 25; and in Acta Apostol. xviii. 15.
7 This is said in the Criton of Plato, 1; but not in exactly the same way.
8 So kings and such personages speak in the Greek tragedies. Compare what M. Antoninus (xi. 6) says of Tragedy.
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