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[2] This Apemantus alone of all men Timon would sometimes admit into his company, since Apemantus was like him and tried sometimes to imitate his mode of life; and once, at the festival of The Pitchers,1 the two were feasting by themselves, and Apemantus said: ‘Timon, what a fine symposium ours is!’ ‘It would be,’ said Timon, ‘if thou wert not here.’ We are told also that once when the Athenians were holding an assembly, he ascended the bema, and the strangeness of the thing caused deep silence and great expectancy;

1 Choes-day, the second day of the great festival in honour of Dionysus called Anthesteria. It was a day of libations to the dead.

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