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Headword: Αἰσχίνης
Adler number: alphaiota,349
Translated headword: Aeschines, Aischines, Aiskhines
Vetting Status: high
The son of Lysanias.[1] This man went to Dionysios in Sicily[2] on account of money. And Plato is said to have compassed Charybdis three times on account of Sicilian lucre.[3] Aristippos of Cyrene[4] and Helikon from Cyzicus and Phoiton, when he fled from Rhegion, are said to sunk so far into Dionysios' treasuries that they were scarcely able to get themselves out from there. They say that Eudoxos of Knidos,[5] when once he went to Egypt, confessed that he had gone there on account of money and conversed with the king on account of it. And, to round off my calumnies, they say that Speusippos the Athenian[6] conceived such a passion for money that when he went to Macedon to celebrate the wedding of Cassander he composed frightful poems and sang them in public on account of money.
Greek Original:
Αἰσχίνης, ὁ τοῦ Λυσανίου. οὗτος παρὰ Διονύσιον εἰς Σικελίαν ὑπὲρ χρημάτων ᾤχετο. Πλάτων δὲ τρὶς ἀναμετρῆσαι λέγεται τὴν Χάρυβδιν ὑπὲρ πλούτου Σικελικοῦ. Ἀρίστιππος δὲ ὁ Κυρηναῖος καὶ Ἑλίκων ἐκ Κυζίκου καὶ Φοίτων, ὅτε ἔφευγε Ῥήγιον, οὕτω τι ἐς τοὺς Διονυσίου κατέδυσαν θησαυροὺς ὡς μόγις ἀνασχεῖν ἐκεῖθεν. καὶ μὴν καὶ τὸν Κνίδιόν φασιν Εὔδοξον ἐς Αἴγυπτόν ποτε ἀφικόμενον ὑπὲρ χρημάτων τε ὁμολογεῖν ἥκειν καὶ διαλέγεσθαι τῷ βασιλεῖ ὑπὲρ τούτου. καὶ ἵνα μὴ πλείους διαβάλω, Σπεύσιππον τὸν Ἀθηναῖον οὕτω τι ἐρασιχρήματον γενέσθαι φασίν, ὡς ἐπὶ τὸν Κασσάνδρου γάμον ἐς Μακεδόνας κωμάσαι, ποιήματα ψυχρὰ ξυνθέντα δημοσίᾳ ταῦθ' ὑπὲρ χρημάτων ᾆσαι.
Philostratus, Lives of the Sophists 1.35
[1] See already alphaiota 346.
[2] See generally delta 1178.
[3] For Charybdis see generally chi 144. The present phrase is a flowery way of referring to Plato's three visits to Sicily between 387 and 367 BCE.
[4] See generally alpha 3908.
[5] See generally epsilon 3429.
[6] See generally sigma 928.
Keywords: biography; daily life; economics; ethics; geography; history; meter and music; mythology; philosophy; poetry; rhetoric
Translated by: William Hutton on 14 February 2003@00:30:17.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added notes; cosmetics) on 14 February 2003@03:26:59.
David Whitehead (another note) on 22 August 2003@05:18:06.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 17 May 2012@05:38:09.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 28 May 2012@00:21:15.


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