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[62] 30. "Then shall we listen to Epicurus rather than to Plato? As for Carneades, in his ardour for controversy he asserts now this and now that. ' But,' you retort, 'Epicurus says what he thinks.' But he thinks nothing that is ever well reasoned, or worthy of a philosopher.1 Will you, then, put this man before Plato or Socrates, who though they gave no reason, would yet prevail over these petty philosophers by the mere weight of their name? Now Plato's advice to us is to set out for the land of dreams with bodies so prepared that no error or confusion may assail the soul. For this reason, it is thought, the Pythagoreans were forbidden to indulge in beans2 ; for that food produces great flatulence and induces a condition at war [p. 295] with a soul in search of truth.

1 Adopting Hottinger's interpretation: nihil subtilius cogitatum, nihil philosopho dignum.

2 Cf. Tertull. De anima, ch. 48; Plut. Sympos. 9. 10; Pliny, H.N. xviii. 12.

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