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[6] Mention has been made of this even by Aristophanes, the poet of the Old Comedy, who lived in the period of Pericles, in the following tetrameters1:“ O ye farmers, wretched creatures,
listen now and understand,
If you fain would learn the reason
why it was Peace left the land.
Pheidias began the mischief,
having come to grief and shame,
Pericles was next in order,
fearing he might share the blame,
By his Megara-enactment
lighting first a little flame,
Such a bitter smoke ascended
while the flames of war he blew,
That from every eye in Hellas
everywhere the tears it drew.
”And again in another place:“ The Olympian Pericles
Thundered and lightened and confounded Hellas.
Aristoph. Ach. 531-532And Eupolis the poet wrote2:“ One might say Persuasion rested
On his lips; such charm he'd bring,
And alone of all the speakers
In his list'ners left his sting.

1 Aristoph. Peace 603 ff. (in imitation of Archilochus). The translation is that of Rogers in the L.C.L., slightly changed where the Greek of Diodorus varies from the accepted text and because of the missing lines.

2 Eupolis fr. 94, 11.5-7 (Kock). Eupolis was a contemporary of Aristophanes and one of the most brilliant writers of the Old Comedy.

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