This text is part of:
Table of Contents:
Arrian's Discourses of Epictetus
That when we cannot fulfil that which the character of a man promises, we assume the character of a philosopher.
What is the matter on which a good man should be employed, and in what we ought chiefly to practise ourselves.
1 The Greek is κοίνος νοῦς, the Communis sensus of the Romans, and our Common sense. Horace (Sat. i. 3, 65) speaks of a man who “'communi sensu plane caret,'” one who has not the sense or understanding which is the common property of men.
2 This was a proverb used by Bion, as Diogenes Laertius says. The cheese was new and soft, as the antients used it.
3 Rufus is mentioned i. 1, note 12.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.