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Elegiac Poems

1Ulpian making no reply, Leonides exclaimed ‘My long silence entitles me to speak, and, to quote Euenus of Paros:

Many a man will contradict on all and every matter, and care not whether his contradiction be just. For such the old answer is enough, Be that your opinion and this mine. But a good argument will quickly persuade men of sense, for these are easy pupils.2

Athenaeus Doctors at Dinner
“Euenus3: —

The best measure of Bacchus is neither much nor very little, for he is the cause either of inspiration or of pain. He rejoiceth when he maketh four with three Nymphs;4 then too is he most apt for the bedchamber. But if he blow too strong, then doth he turn aside from our loves and plungeth us in a sleep that is neighbour unto death.

Palatine Anthology
“[Eu]enus: —

Methinks it is by no means the least part of wisdom to read aright the nature of every man.

Stobaeus Anthology [on seeming and being]
“Euenus: —

Daring with wisdom is of great advantage, but daring alone is harmful and bringeth badness.

Stobaeus Anthology [on courage]
“Euenus: —

Often the anger of men unveils a hidden mind much worse than madness.

Stobaeus Anthology [on anger]

“Neocles never saw Themistocles' Salamis, nor Miltiades Cimon's Eurymedon, nor did Xanthippus hear Pericles' orations, nor Ariston Plato's disquisitions, nor did their fathers know of the victories of Euripides and Sophocles. They heard them lisping and learning their syllables, and they saw them indulging themselves in the revels, carousals and wenchings natural to youth, so that the only line of Euenus that is praised or quoted is:

Son to father is ever either a fear or a pain.

But for all that, fathers do not cease to rear children, and those least of all, who least require them.5

Plutarch Love of Offspring

“Of Injustice or Unrighteousness there are three kinds, impiety, covetousness, and hubris the spirit of wanton outrage .., the last being that whereby men make pleasure for themselves by bringing dishonour upon others, or in the words of Euenus:

... [Hubris], which doeth wrong albeit she profit nothing.

Aristotle Virtues and Vices
“For what is forced is called necessary, and therefore is painful, as Euenus says:

All that is forced giveth pain.6

Aristotle Metaphysics

1 cf. Stob. Fl. 82. 3 (1-4); Ath. 10. 429f (4)

2 lit. are matter of easy teaching, cf. Plat. Gorg. 461a οὐκ ὀλίγης συνουσίας ἐστὶν ὥστε ἱκανῶς διασκέψασθαι

3 in the Planudean Anthology called ‘Anonymous’

4 i.e. wine is best mixed with three parts of water

5 cf. Artemid. On. i. 15, Hermias on Plat. Phaedr. 266d p. 238 ( φόβος for δέος

6 cf. Eth. Eud. 1223a 31, Rhet. 1370a 10; Plut. Suav. Viv. 21, Alex. Aphr. in Met. 4. 5. 1015a 20; for the whole poem of 30 ll. see THEOGNIS 467 ff.

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