Greek leaders by Leslie White HopkinsonGreek leaders by Leslie White Hopkinson

Greek leaders

byLeslie White Hopkinson

Paperback | January 11, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1918. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... SOCRATES (Died 399 B.C.) One day in March, 423 B.C., there was performed in Athens a comedy by the poet Aristophanes, in which, as usual, he made great fun of well-known citizens and satirized the manners and morals of the time. The play opens with a dispute between Strepsiades, a crabbed old farmer, and his fashionable spendthrift son, Pheidippides, who has brought him heavily into debt. As a last resort, the father, pointing out a certain wicket gate, says to his son: -- That is the thinking-house of sapient souls. There dwell the men who teach -- aye, who persuade us, That Heaven is one vast fire-extinguisher Placed round about us, and that we're the cinders. Aye, and they'll teach (only they'll want some money) How one may speak and conquer, right or wrong. Pheidippides. Come, tell their names. Strepsiades. Well, I can't quite remember, But they're deep thinkers and true gentlemen. P. Out on the rogues! I know them. Those rank pedants, Those pale-faced, barefoot vagabonds you mean: That Socrates, poor wretch, and Chaerephon. S. Oh! oh! hush! hush! don't use those foolish words; But if the sorrows of my barley touch you, Enter their schools and cut the Turf for ever. P. I would n't go, so help me Dionysus; For all Leogaras's breed of Phasians! S. Go, I beseech you, dearest, dearest son. Go and be taught! P. And what would you have me learn? S. I'm told they have two Reasons -- one the better (Whatever that may mean), and one the worse; The worse of these two Reasons, so they say Puts forward unjust pleas, and always wins. Now, if you were to learn this unjust reasoning, Of all the debts that I've incurred for you I would not pay one creditor a penny. Pheidippides, however, is too much afraid of losing his complexion to adopt a student's life, so old Strepsiad...
Title:Greek leadersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:84 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:January 11, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217314554

ISBN - 13:9780217314558