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Poems


“He even composed, according to some writers, a Paean beginning:

Hail, Delian Apollo, and hail, Artemis, renownad children of . . .

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But Dionysodorus declares that the Paean is not his. He also composed an Aesopean Fable, not very successfully, beginning:

Aesop once bade the dwellers in Corinth not to judge of virtue by the wisdom of a court-of-law.1

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Diogenes Laertius Lives of the Philosophers [on Socrates]

“The kind of dancing employed in the choruses was in those days decorous and finely done, and as it were imitative of the motions of soldiers under arms. And that is why Socrates declares in his Poems that the best dancers are the best soldiers, thus:

Those that honour the Gods best in the dance are likewise best in war.

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Athenaeus Doctors at Dinner

1 cf. Dio Chrys. 43. 10 ( παιᾶνα ), Epictet. 2. 6. 26, 4. 4. 22, Themist. 2. 27c ( προοίμιον ἐν τόνῳ ἑξαμέτρῳ ), Suid. Σωκράτηςὕμνον δι᾽ ἐπῶν ); Plut. Aud. Poet. 2, Suid. Σωκράτηςμῦθον Αἰσώπειον δι᾽ ἐπῶν ), Aug. Cons. Evang. i. 7. 12

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