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And Anaxilas, in his Neottis, says
The man whoe'er has loved a courtesan,
Will say that no more lawless worthless race
Though it breathe fire from its mouth, what Charybdis,
Or hydra, sphinx, or raging lioness,
Or viper, or winged harpy (greedy race),
And let us now consider them in order :-
One knight alone was found to rid the world of her,
For she is old but near her age, and like her,
The direst and most treacherous is a harlot.
7. After Laurentius had said all this, Leonidas, finding fault with the name of wife (yauern), quoted these verses out of the Soothsayers of Alexis
married her, he
6. But our 1
of in his Femal
And Aristophon, in his Callonides, says—
May he be quite undone, he well deserves it,
A man who marries once may be excused;
B. How say you? do you mean
And Menander, in his Woman carrying the Sacred Vessel of
A. You will not marry if you're in your senses
Scarce three of thirty ships are lost or wreck'd;
And in his Woman Burnt he says→→→→
Oh, may the man be totally undone
Who was the first to venture on a wife;
And then the next who follow'd his example;
And then the third, and fourth, and all who follow'd.
And Carcinus the tragedian, in his Semele (which begins, "O nights"), says
O Jupiter, why need one waste one's words
In speaking ill of women? for what worse
Can he add, when he once has call'd them women?
9. But, above all other cases, those who when advanced in years marry young wives, do not perceive that they are running voluntarily into danger, which every one else foresees plainly; and that, too, though the Megarian poet1 has given them this warning :
A young wife suits not with an aged husband;
Like a well-managed boat; nor can the anchor
And Apries had been deposed from the sovereignty of Egypt, because of the defeats which had been received by him from the Cyreneans; and afterwards he had been put to death by Amasis. Accordingly, Cambyses, being much pleased with Nitetis, and being very violently in love with her, learns the whole circumstances of the case from her; and she entreated him to avenge the murder of Apries, and persuaded him to make war upon the Egyptians. But Dinon, in his History of Persia, and Lynceas of Naucratis, in the third book of his History of Egypt, say that it was Cyrus to whom Nitetis was sent by Amasis; and that she was the mother of Cambyses, who made this expedition against Egypt to avenge the wrongs of his mother and her family. But Duris the Samian says that the first war carried on by two women was that between Olympias and Eurydice; in which Olympias advanced something in the manner of a Bacchanalian, with drums beating; but Eurydice came forward armed like a Macedonian soldier, having been already accustomed to war and military habits at the court of Cynnane the Illyrian.
11. Now, after this conversation, it seemed good to the philosophers who were present to say something themselves about love and about beauty: and so a great many philosophical sentiments were uttered; among which, some quoted some of the songs of the dramatic philosopher, Euripides,— some of which were these:
Love, who is wisdom's pupil gay,
And this great god
Is of all others far the best for man;
For with his gentle nod
He bids them hope, and banishes all pain.
May I be ne'er mixed up with those who scorn
Cherishing habits all uncouth.
I bid the youth
Of my dear country ne'er to flee from Love,
And some one else quoted from Pindar—
Let it be my fate always to love,
And to obey Love's will in proper season.
'It is not known from what play this fragment comes. in the Variorum Edition of Euripides, Inc. Fragm. 165. ATH.-VOL. III.
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