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Plutarch, Precepts of Statecraft 810d

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A politician dealing with a heckler:

ὅθεν ἄρισθ’ ὁ Φωκίων ὑπεκστὰς τῷ λοιδοροῦντι καὶ παυσάμενος τοῦ λέγειν, ἐπεὶ μόλις ἐσιώπησεν ὁ ἄνθρωπος, αὖθις παρελθὼν, “οὐκοῦν,” ἔφη, “περὶ μὲν τῶν ἱππέων καὶ τῶν ὁπλιτῶν ἀκηκόατε, λείπεται δέ μοι περὶ τῶν ψιλῶν καὶ πελταστῶν διελθεῖν.”

So Phocion did very well to stop speaking, giving way to a man who was shouting abuse; when the man had eventually gone quiet, Phocion said, ‘Very well, you’ve heard about the cavalry and the hoplites; it just remains for me to go through the light infantry and the peltasts.’

Written by aleatorclassicus

February 3, 2011 at 12:00 PM

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