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Athenaeus of Naucratis / Volume I: Books I-VII

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


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C. 4. j      THE CHARACTER OF LAURENTIU.S.           a 
the Ephesian, a man holy both in his art and by his manners, 
a man of no slight insight into the principles of the Academia 
school; and Gacenus of Pergamos, who has published such 
numbers of philosophical and medical works as to surpass all 
those who preceded him, and who is inferior to none of the 
guests in the eloquence of his descriptions. And RPqinus of 
Mylea.-And of musicians, Alcides of Alexandria, was present.. 
So that the whole party was so numerous that the -catalogue 
looks rather like a mnuster-roll of soldiers, than the list of a 
dinner party. 
3. And Athenceus dramatises his dialogue in imitation of 
the manner of Plato. And thus he begins: 
TIlnOCRATES. ATHENEUS. 
Tim. Were you, Athenmus, yourself present at that de- 
lightful party of the men whom they now call Deipnosophists; 
which has been so much talked of all over the city; or is it 
only from having heard an account of it from others that you 
spoke of it to your companions l 
Ath. I was there myself, Timocrates. 
Tim. I wish, then, that you would communicate to us also 
some of that agreeable conversation which you had over your 
cups; 
Make your hand perfect by a third attempt, 
as the bard of Cyrene I says somewhere or other; or must we^. 
k some one else ? 
4. Then after a little while he proceeds to the praises of Lau- 
rentius, and says that he, being a man of a munificent spirit. 
and one who collected numbers of learned men about him, 
feasted them not only with other things, but also with con- 
versation, at one time proposing questions deserving of in- 
vestigation, and at another asking for information himself; 
not suggesting subjects without examination, or in any random 
manner, but as far as was possible with a critical and Socratic 
discernment; so that every one marvelled at the systematic 
character of his questions. And he says, too, that he was 
appointed superintendant of the temples and sacrifices by that 
best of all sovereigns Marcus;2 and that he was no less. con- 
versant with the literature of the Greeks than with that of 
I Callimachus. 
2 Marcus Aurelius. 
B 2 


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