Extracts from the Life of Alcibiades
- 1.Description of ALCIBIADES, and anecdotes of his early days. (ALCIBIADES saves the life of SOCRATES in battle, who requites him by saving his life in return.)
- 2. Anecdotes of the dog and quail. (HYPERBOLUS endeavours to banish ALCIBIADES by ostracism, but is banished himself. Peace is concluded by NICIAS between Athens and Sparta. ALCI BIADES is chosen general of the Athenians.)
- 3. Wanton behaviour of ALCIBIADES.
- 4 Interview between ALCIBIADES and TIMON the misanthrope. (ALCIBIADES is accused of mangling the images of HERMES, and of profaning the holy Mysteries. His expedition to Sicily.)
- 5. He is sent for to answer to the charge of mutilating the images, and condemned. He flies to Sparta. Description of his extreme versatility. (He flies from Sparta to the court of TISAPHERNES.)
- 6. The Athenians, being afraid of TISAPHERNES, begin to desire the return of ALCIBIADES.
- 7. He is recalled from exile (His victories at Abydos Cyzicus, and Byzantium.)
- 8. His honourable return to Athens.
- 9. Some of his failures were due to lack of money. (ALCIBIADES is accused by THRASYBULUS, and his authority as general is taken from him. Athens is taken by LYSANDER, who appoints thirty tyrants.)
- 10. Death of ALCIBIADES at a village in Phrygia. His burial by TIMANDRA.
Alcibiades' stock. Alcibiades' beauty. Alcibiades' lisped by nature.
'This Alcibiades, with his fat lisping tongueAnd Archippus, another poet also, mocking the son of Alcibiades, saith thus:
Into mine ears, this trusty tale and song full often sung:
Look upon Theolus (quoth he) lo there he bows
Behold his comely crow-bright face with fat and flatling 1 blows.
The son of Clinias would lisp it thus somewhiles,
And sure he lisped never a lie, but rightly hit his wiles.'
'Because he would be like his father every way,
In his long trailing gown he would go jetting day by day,
And counterfeit his speech, his countenance and face:
As though Dame Nature had him given therein a perfect grace
To lisp and look aside, and hold his head awry
Even as his father looked and lisped, so would he prate and pry.'
A vile thing to play on a flute.
Alcibiades' great dog.
Alcibiades' coming into the commonwealth.
Alcibiades marvellous eloquent.
Alcibiades' wit and imperfection.
Alcibiades' victory at the games Olympical.
O son of Clinias, I will resound thy praiseHowbeit the good affection divers cities did bear him, contending which should gratify him best, did much increase his fame and honour....... 3.
For thou art bold in martial deeds and overcom'st always.
Thy victories therewith do far exceed the rest
That ever were in Greece ygot 19, therefore I compt 20 them best.
For at th' Olympic games thou hast with chariots won
The first prise 21, second, third, and all which there in race were run
With praise and little pain, thy head hath twice been crowned
With olive boughs for victory, and twice by trumpets' sound
The heralds have proclaim'd thee victor by thy name
Above all those which ran with thee, in hope to get the game.
The people most desire what most they hate to have:And in another place he said also, aggravating the suspicion they had of him:
And what their mind abhors, even that they seem to crave.
For state or commonweal much better should it be,For to say truly: his courtesies, his liberalities, and noble expenses to shew the people so great pleasure and pastime as nothing could be more: the glorious memory of his ancestors, the grace of his eloquence, the beauty of his person, the strength and valiantness of his body, joined together with his wisdom and experience in martial affairs: were the very causes that made them to bear with him in all things, and that the Athenians did patiently endure all his light parts, and did cover his faults with the best words and teens they could, calling them youthful, and gentlemen's sports.
To keep within the country none such lion's looks as he:
But if they needs will keep a lion to their cost,
Then must they needs obey his will, for he will rule the roast 29.
Alcibiades' dishonesty and wantonness
Alcibiades sent for to answer to his accusations.
Alcibiades condemned being absent.
Alcibiades flieth to Sparta.
Alcibiades more changeable than the chameleon.
It is not the son of Achilles, but Achilles self 52Even so, it is even he whom Lycurgus brought up. But he that had inwardly seen his natural doings and good-will indeed lie naked before him would, contrarily, have used this common saying:
This woman is no changeling......6.
The inconstancy of the common people.
Alcibiades called home from exile.
Alcibiades' honourable return into his country.
I was the first that moved, in open conference,
The people's voice to call thee home, when thou wert banish'd hence,
So was I eke the first which thereto gave consent
And therefore may I boldly say, by truth of such intent:
I was the only mean 79 to call thee home again
By such request, so rightly made, to move the peoples vain.
And this may serve for pledge, what friendship I thee bear:
Fast sealed with a faithful tongue, as plainly shall appear.
Alcibiades oration to the people.
Alcibiades chosen general with sovereign authority.
Lack of money, the occasion of the overthrow of the Athenians' army by sea.
Alcibiades' dream in Phrygia before his death.
Alcibiades' death. Timandra buried Alcibiades.