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Lucian, Life of Demonax 16

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ἐπεὶ δέ τις ἀθλητὴς καταγελασθεὶς ὑπ’ αὐτοῦ, ὅτι ἐσθῆτα ὤφθη ἀνθινὴν ἀμπεχόμενος Ὀλυμπιονίκης ὤν, ἐπάταξεν αὐτὸν εἰς τὴν κεφαλὴν λίθῳ καὶ αἷμα ἐρρύη, οἱ μὲν παρόντες ἠγανάκτουν ὡς αὐτὸς ἕκαστος τετυπτημένος καὶ ἐβόων πρὸς τὸν ἀνθύπατον ἰέναι, ὁ δὲ Δημῶναξ, “μηδαμῶς,” ἔφη, “ὦ ἄνδρες, πρὸς τὸν ἀνθύπατον, ἀλλ’ ἐπὶ τὸν ἰατρόν.”

And an athlete was ridiculed by Demonax for drawing attention to himself, being a victor at the Olympic games, by dressing up in bright-coloured clothing; the athlete then hit him on the head with a stone and drew blood. The bystanders got angry, as though they had each been struck themselves, and shouted that they were going to go to the governor. But Demonax said, ‘No, gentlemen! Not to the governor, but to the doctor!’

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March 31, 2013 at 12:00 PM

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