Timaeus Criticises Aristotle
It must then either be shown that Aristotle's account
of Locri was prompted by partiality, corruption, or personal
enmity; or, if no one ventures to say that, then it must be
acknowledged that those who display such personal animosity
and bitterness to others, as Timaeus does to Aristotle, are wrong
and ill advised.
The epithets which he applies to him are "audacious,"
The vulgar abuse of Timaeus.
"unprincipled," "rash"; and besides, he says
that he "has audaciously slandered Locri by
affirming that the colony was formed by runaway
slaves, adulterers, and man-catchers." Further, he asserts that
Aristotle made this statement, "in order that men might believe
him to have been one of Alexander's generals, and to have lately
conquered the Persians at the Cilician Gates in
a pitched battle by his own ability; and not to
be a mere pedantic sophist, universally unpopular, who had a
short time before shut up that admirable doctor's shop."
he says that he "pushed his way into every palace and tent:"
and that he was "a glutton and a gourmand, who thought
only of gratifying his appetite." Now it seems to me that such
language as this would be intolerable in an impudent vagabond
bandying abuse in a law court; but an impartial recorder of
public affairs, and a genuine historian, would not think such
things to himself, much less venture to put them in writing.