They know.—For Sopater the farce-writer, in his play entitled The Lentil, speaks thus—
I can both carve and drink Etruscan wine,
In due proportion mix'd.

These things, my good Timocrates, are not, as Plato says, the sportive conversations of Socrates in his youth and beauty, but the serious discussions of the Deipnosophists; for, as Dionysius the Brazen says,—

What, whether you begin or end a work,
Is better than the thing you most require?

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