in the time of Epictetus, as we may learn from the letters of
the younger Pliny, Juvenal, Martial, and the author of the treatise de
Causis corruptae eloqwuntiae. Upton.
FIRST say to yourself Who you wish to be: then do
accordingly what you are doing; for in nearly all other
things we see this to be so. Those who follow athletic
eim; and he
would take them and recommend them.—Not so; but as
he accompanied them he would say, Hear me to-day discoursing in the house of Quadratus.The rich, says Upton, used to lend their houses for recitations, as
we learn from Pliny, Ep. viii. 12 and Juvenal, vii. 40.
Si dulcedine famae
Succensus recites, maculosas commodat aeon you, he is dead, and so is the
speaker. Rufus was used to say: If you have leisure to
praise me, I am speaking to no purpose.Aulus Gellius v. 1. Seneca, Ep. 52. Upton. Accordingly
he used to speak in such a way that every one of us who
were sitting there supposed that some one had accused
him before Rufus: he so touched on what
Come, do you also tell your own way of passing the time
which you desire, you who are an admirer of truth and
of Socrates and Diogenes. What do you wish to do in
Athens? the same (that others do), or something else?
Why then do you call yourself a Stoic? Well, but they
who falsely call themselves Roman citizens,Suetonius (Claudius, 25) says: 'Peregrinae conditionis homines
vetuit usurpare Romana nomina, duntaxat gentilia. Civitatem
Romanam usurpantes in campo Esquilino securi percussit.' Upton. are severely
punished; and should those, who falsely claim so great
and reverend a thing and name, get off unpunished? or
is this not possible, but the law divine and strong and
inevitable is this, which exacts the severest punishments
from those who commit the greatest crimes? For what
does this law say? Let him who pretends to things which
do not belong to him be a boaster, a vain-glorious man:This is a denunciation of the hypocrite.
let him who disobeys the divine administration be base,