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Iambic Poems

“Simonides makes time the wisest of things; .. Euenus combines the two in this:

Time is the wisest and the foolishest of things.1

Simplicius on Aristotle
“Why then, it may be asked, are not these things reckoned as part of a statement? My answer is that they partake of it merely as salt partakes of a dish of meat, or water of a cake of bread. Euenus indeed declared that fire is the finest of sauces; yet we do not call water a part of any particular cake or loaf, or fire or salt part of any particular dish we may order.” Plutarch Questions on Plato [on conjunctions, the article, and prepositions]

1 the ascription is doubted because there is no other evidence that E. wrote iambics

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