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Military expeditions in war it would be improper to reckon among official visits abroad. It is right that embassies should be sent to Apollo at Pytho and to Zeus at Olympia, and to Nemea and the Isthmus, to take part in the sacrifices and games in honor of these gods; and it is right also that the ambassadors thus sent should be, so far as is practicable, as numerous, noble and good as possible,—men who will gain for the State a high reputation in the sacred congresses of peace, and confer on i
ProtarchusYes, very much so.SocratesSurely ignorance is an evil, as is also what we call stupidity.ProtarchusSurely.SocratesNext, then, consider the nature of the ridiculous.ProtarchusPlease proceed.SocratesThe ridiculous is in its main aspect a kind of vice which gives its name to a condition; and it is that part of vice in general which involves the opposite of the condition mentioned in the inscription at Delphi.ProtarchusYou mean “Know thyself,” Socrat
The chorus of Theban elders enters. Chorus O sweetly-speaking message of Zeus, in what spirit have you come to glorious Thebes from golden Pytho? I am on the rack, terror shakes my soul, O Delian healer to whom wild cries rise,in holy fear of you, wondering what debt you will extract from me, perhaps unknown before, perhaps renewed with the revolving years. Tell me, immortal Voice, child of golden Hope.
Homer, The Odyssey (ed. Samuel Butler, Based on public domain edition, revised by Timothy Power and Gregory Nagy.), Scroll 8, line 2 (search)
Homer, The Odyssey (ed. Samuel Butler, Based on public domain edition, revised by Timothy Power and Gregory Nagy.), Scroll 11, line 13 (search)
Today you must stand beside a man dear to me, by the king of horsefamed Cyrene, and joining with Archesilaus in his victory revels, Muse, swell the breeze of songs owed to Leto's Twins and to Pytho, where once the priestess sitting in honor beside the golden eagles of Zeus, Apollo now in his land, proclaimed by oracle that Battos would be founder of fruitbearing Libya, so that he'd finally leave the holy island and plant a city of fine chariots on a chalky breast of earth, a
when you were asking what release might come
from the gods for a stammering voice.
After long time, even now, as at the peak
of crimson-flowered spring,
eighth in line from these children blossoms
Archesilaus: to whom Apollo and Pytho
granted glory in the chariot race
from the hands of the Amphictyons.
I shall offer to the Muses
him and the golden fleece of the ram:
for when the Minyans sailed after it,
were planted for them.
What then was the beg