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Athenaeus of Naucratis / Volume I: Books I-VII

Book I: epitome,   pp. [unnumbered]-57


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2                THE DEIPNOSOPHISTS.        [EPIT. B. 1. 
feast, Athena-us, has prepared for us; and gradually sur- 
passing himself, like the orator at Athens, as he warms with 
his subject, he bounds on towards the end of the book in 
noble strides. 
2. And the Deipnosophists who were present at this 
banquet were, Miasyrius, an expounder of the law, and one 
who had been no superficial student of every sort of learning; 
ffagnus .  [Myrtilus] a poet, a man who in other branches 
of learning was inferior to no one, and who had devoted 
himself in no careless manner to the whole circle of arts and 
learning; for in everything which he discussed, he appeared 
as if that was the sole thing which he had studied; so great 
and so various was his learning from his childhood. And he 
was an iambic poet, inferior to no one who has ever lived 
since the time of Archilochus.  There were present also 
Plutarchus, and Leontlas of Elis, and lmilianus the Mauri- 
ta'nian, and Ziilus, all the most admirable of grammarians. 
And of philosophers there were present Pontianits and 
Democritus, both of Nicomedia; men superior to all their 
contemporaries in the extent and variety of their learning; 
and Philadelphus of Ptolemais, a man who had not only 
been bred up from his infancy in philosophical speculation, 
but who was also a man of the highest reputation in every 
part of his life. -Of the Cynics, there was one whom hoe 
calls Cynudcus, who had not only two white dogs following 
him, as they did Telemachus when he went to the assembly, 
but a more numerous pack than even Actmon had. And of 
rhetoricians there was a whole troop, in no respect inferior to 
the Cynics. And these last, as well, indeed, as every one else 
who ever opened his mouth, were run down by Uppianus 
the Tyrian, who, on account of the everlasting questions 
which he keeps putting every hour in the streets, and walks, 
and booksellers' shops, and-baths, has got a name by which 
he is better known than by his real one, Ceitouceitus. This 
man hliad a rule of his own, to eat nothing without saying 
K&EIrc; L  o. IcK&Tat; In this way, "Can we say of the wored
(00pa, that it rewrat, or is applicable to any part of the day? 
And is the word piOvaog, or drunk, applicable to a man! 
Can the word pfpipa, or paunch, be applied to any eatable 
food  'Is the name avaypco a compound word applicable to 
a boar?"-And of physicians there were present Daphnus 


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