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τοῖς φίλοις] Comp. § 15, and note. ‘We are angry with friends if they don't speak of us, and treat us, well, and still more if they do the contrary; and if, when we are in want of anything, they don't perceive it (don't find it out before we tell them of it)’—this manifests their indifference to us and our wants, which is a kind of contempt, and the sting of ὀλιγωρία—‘as Antiphon's Plexippus was (angry with, ὠργίζετο) with his (τῷ) Meleager: for this want of perception (or attention) is a token of slight; because, when we do care for any one, (things of this kind) don't escape us’. ὧν γὰρ φροντίζομεν (ταῦτα) οὐ λανθάνει. This is expressed in the abstract neuter of all things; meaning of course persons. There were two poets named Antiphon: one a writer of the New Comedy, (Meineke, Fragm. Com. Gr. I 489, ποιητὴς καινῆς κωμῳδίας Ἀντιφῶν Ἀθηναῖος, Böckh, Corp. Inscr. I p. 767): and the other, a tragic writer, mentioned by Athenaeus as a τραγῳδοποιός, together with his character, Plexippus, XV 673 F. This second Antiphon is again referred to, Rhet. II 6. 27, Ἀντιφῶν ποιητής, and his play Meleager, Ib. 23. 20, where two lines are quoted from it. Besides Antiphon's play, there were several others with the same title, and on the same subject, the Calydonian boar-hunt and its tragic consequences, by poets comic as well as tragic, Sophocles, Euripides, Sosiphanes, (Wagner, Trag. Gr. Fragm. III 179,) Antiphanes, and Philetaerus, Mein., u. s., I 315, 349. (The Meleager of Antiphanes is doubtful, the names of Antiphon and Antiphanes being often interchanged, Mein.) See also Wagner, Trag. Gr. Fragm. III 113.

Victorius notes on this allusion: ‘Plexippus was brother of Althea, Meleager's mother, and with his brother Toxeus was put to death by Meleager, because they expressed indignation at his bestowing the prize, the boarskin, which he had received for the destruction of the Calydonian boar, upon his mistress Atalanta. Perhaps it was this very circumstance that Antiphon indicated: he may have represented Plexippus as expressing his vexation at Meleager's insensibility to his want, to his great anxiety, namely, to possess the boarskin, which his nephew (Meleager) had, regardless of the claims of consanguinity, bestowed nevertheless on Atalanta’. (I have altered the second sentence for the sake of clearness.)

The story of Meleager and the Caledonian boarhunt, is told by Ovid, Metamorph. VIII. The offence of the Thestiadae, Toxeus and Plexippus, and their death by the hand of their nephew, are described in 428—444: from which Victorius apparently derived his account.

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