from The Knights, * Lines 178-193, 1111-1150, * Translator anonymous, * Greek Fonts
AUSAGE-SELLER Just tell me how a sausage-seller can become a great man.
SAUSAGE-SELLER I do not hold myself worthy of wielding power.
DEMOSTHENES Oh! by the gods! Why do you not hold yourself worthy? Have you then such a good opinion of yourself? Come, are you of honest parentage?
SAUSAGE-SELLER By the gods! No! of very bad indeed.
DEMOSTHENES Spoilt child of fortune, everything fits together to ensure your greatness.
SAUSAGE-SELLER But I have not had the least education. I can only read, and that very badly.
DEMOSTHENES That is what may stand in your way, almost knowing how to read. A demagogue must be neither an educated nor an honest man; he has to be an ignoramus and a rogue.
ΑΛΛΑΝΤΟΠΩΛΗΣ. Εἰπέ μοι͵ καὶ πῶς ἐγὼ ἀλλαντοπώλης ὢν ἀνὴρ γενήσομαι;
ΔΗΜΟΣΘΕΝΗΣ. Δι΄ αὐτὸ γάρ τοι τοῦτο καὶ γίγνει μέγας͵ ὁτιὴ πονηρὸς κἀξ ἀγορᾶς εἶ καὶ θρασύς.
ΑΛ. Οὐκ ἀξιῶ ΄γὼ ΄μαυτὸν ἰσχύειν μέγα.
ΑΛ. Μὰ τοὺς θεούς͵ εἰ μὴ ΄κ πονηρῶν γ΄.
Δ. Ὦ μακάριε τῆς τύχης͵ ὅσον πέπονθας ἀγαθὸν εἰς τὰ πράγματα.
Δ. Τουτὶ μόνον σ΄ ἔβλαψεν͵ ὅτι καὶ κακὰ κακῶς. Ἡ δημαγωγία γὰρ οὐ πρὸς μουσικοῦ ἔτ΄ ἐστὶν ἀνδρὸς οὐδὲ χρηστοῦ τοὺς τρόπους͵ ἀλλ΄ εἰς ἀμαθῆ καὶ βδελυρόν.
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