And Axionicus speaks of a certain Pythodelus as a very intemperate man, in his Etrurian, saying—
Here Pythodelus comes, who is surnamedAnd Anaxandrides attacks Polyeuctus, turning him into ridicule in the comedy called Tereus—
Isoballion, greediest of men,
And on his steps does follow that wise woman
Ischas, bearing a drum, and very drunk.
A. You shall be call'd a bird.And Theopompus, in the tenth book of his account of the Exploits of Philip, (a book from which some separate the conclusion, in which there is the mention made of the demagogues at Athens,) says that Eubulus the demagogue was an intemperate man. And he uses the following expressions— “And he so far exceeded the whole nation of the Tarentines in luxury and extravagance, that this latter is only im- moderate in its indulgence in feasts; but he spent on his luxury even the revenues of the Athenian people. But Callistratus,” he continues, “the son of Callicrates, who was himself also a demagogue, was very intemperate in his pleasures, but still he was very attentive to the business of the state.” And speaking of the Tarentines, in the fifty-second book of his Histories, he writes as follows—“The city of the Tarentines sacrifices oxen nearly every month, and celebrates public festivals; and the chief body of private individuals is always occupied in banquets and drinking parties. And the Tarentines hold some such language as this: That other men, because they are fond of personal exertion, and because they devote themselves to actual labour, prepare their subsistence in this way for the future: but that they, by means of their banquets and pleasures, are not about to live, but are living already.”
B. Why so, by Vesta?
Is it because I ate my patrimony
[p. 267] Like that most fashionable Polyeuctus?
A. No, but because you, though you were a man,
Were torn in pieces by the women so.