This text is part of:
Table of Contents:
καὶ τὸ τοὺς ἐχθροὺς τιμωρεῖσθαι μᾶλλον] ‘and the heavier vengeance on, punishment of, one's enemies’ (μᾶλλον may be either to punish them in a higher degree, the more the better; or as contrasted with καταλλάττεσθαι, ‘rather than the reverse’), and ‘refusing to be reconciled, come to terms, with them’. The reason being, that ‘retaliatory’ or ‘reciprocal justice’ (note on § 7) requires this, and therefore it is right, and of course laudable; and also because ‘not to be beaten’ (an unyielding resolution) is a sign of a ‘manly character’. Comp. I 6. 26 (ἀγαθὰ) τὰ τοῖς ἐχθροῖς κακά, and § 29. This was a constant article of the popular morality, and is cited as such here: see, for instance, Xen. Mem. IV 2, 14 seq. Rhet. ad Alex. 1 (2), 13, 14. Again in Aristotle's Rhet. II 5. 5, Eur. Ion 1045—7, Med. 808, Cic. de Off. I 7. 2.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.
An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.