Swift in their fate, Jike to smoke in the air, rising upward they flitted,3and now, like fugitive slaves without claim to protection, they have been dragged from their shrines and altars, and have nothing left to them save only their monuments and their tombs. Hence the elder Antigonus, when a certain Hermodotus in a poem proclaimed him to be ‘the Offspring of the Sun and a god,’ said, ‘the slave who attends to my chamberpot is not conscious of any such thing !’ 4 Moreover, Lysippus the sculptor was quite right in his disapproval of the painter Apelles, because Apelles in his portrait of Alexander had represented him with a thunderbolt in his hand, whereas he himself had represented Alexander holding a spear, the glory of which no length of years could ever dim, since it was truthful and was his by right.
This text is part of:
Table of Contents:
1 Cf. Herodotus, i. 94, iv. 45, and W. M. Ramsay, Mitteilungen des deutsch. arch. Institutes in Athen, viii. 71.
2 Adapted from Plato, Laws, 716 a.
3 From Empedocles: cf. H. Diels, Poetarum Philosophorum Fragmenta, p. 106, Empedocles, no. 2. 4.
4 Plutarch tells the same story with slight variations in Moralia, 182 c.