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[4] Once upon a time Callipides the tragic actor, who had a name and fame among the Greeks and was eagerly courted by all, first met him and addressed him, then pompously thrust himself into his company of attendants, showing plainly that he expected the king to make him some friendly overtures, and finally said: ‘Dost thou not recognize me, O King?’ The king fixed his eyes upon him and said: ‘Yea, art thou not Callipides the buffoon?’ For this is how the Lacedaemonians describe actors. And again, when he was invited to hear the man who imitated the nightingale, he declined, saying: ‘I have heard the bird herself.’ 1

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