HIERO. Hiero, who succeeded Gelo in the tyranny, said
he was not disturbed by any that freely spoke against him.
He judged that those that revealed a secret did an injury
to those to whom they revealed it; for we hate not only
those who tell, but them also that hear what we would not
have disclosed. One upbraided him with his stinking
breath, and he blamed his wife that never told him of it;
but she said, I thought all men smelt so. To Xenophanes
the Colophonian, who said he had much ado to maintain
two servants, he replied: But Homer, whom you disparage,
maintains above ten thousand, although he is dead. He
fined Epicharmus the comedian, for speaking unseemly
when his wife was by.