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The Discourses of Epictetus
Of the varied appearances of things to the mind, and what means are at hand by which to regulate them.
That some persons, failing to fulfil what the character of a man implies, assume that of a philosopher.
1 The Spartans, to make a trial of the fortitude of their children, used to have them publicly whipped at the altar of Artemis; and often with so much severity that they expired. The boys supported this exercise with so much constancy as never to cry out, nor even groan. - C.
3 An allusion to the purple border which distinguished the dress of the Roman nobility. - C.
4 “Helvidius Priscus was no less remarkable for his learning and philosophy than for the sanctity of his manners and the love of his country. He behaved, however, with too much haughtiness on several occasions, to Vespasian, who sentenced him to death with great reluctance, and even forbade the execution when it was too late.” Sueton. in Vesp. 15.-C.
5 Bato was a famous master of the Olympic exercises. - C.
6 Domitian ordered all the philosophers to be banished. To avoid this inconvenience, those who had a mind to disguise their profession, took off their beards. -C.
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