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[484e] engage in your studies and discussions, they are quite ridiculous. The fact is, as Euripides has it—“Each shines in that, to that end presses on,
Allotting there the chiefest part of the day,
Wherein he haply can surpass himself—
Eur. Antiope Fr.1

1 Zethus and Amphion, twins born to Zeus by Antiope, were left by her on Mt. Cithaeron, where Zethus grew up as a man of the field, and Amphion as a musician. Here probably Amphion is speaking in defence of the quieter life; further on, in the quotations given in Plat. Gorg. 489b, Plat. Gorg. 489c, Zethus reproaches him with his effeminacy.

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