If the boy had replied like Alcibiades
, "By the gods, Socrates, I cannot tell," his grandfather would not have been surprised, but when, after standing a moment on one leg, like a meditative young stork, he answered, in a tone of calm conviction, "In my little belly," the old gentleman could only join in Grandma's laugh, and dismiss the class in metaphysics.
Fresh in the memory of the Athenians, and detestable as they deserved to be to the newly restored democracy, were the names of Alcibiades
, Critias, Charmides.
The crimes of Alcibiades
, Critias, and Charmides, who had been his pupils, were still recent in the memory of the now restored democracy.
The particular is--for example--what Alcibiades
did or suffered.
But this holds not always: for Augustus Caesar, Titus Vespasianus, Philip le Belle of France, Edward the Fourth of England, Alcibiades
of Athens, Ismael the Sophy of Persia, were all high and great spirits; and yet the most beautiful men of their times.
The heroes of ancient and modern fame, Cimon, Themistocles, Alcibiades
, Alexander, Caesar, have treated life and fortune as a game to be well and skilfully played, but the stake not to be so valued but that any time it could be held as a trifle light as air, and thrown up.
It sounded odd to them to hear him compare Lord Beaconsfield with Alcibiades
He was compared by obsequious flatterers to the Black Prince, to Alcibiades
, to the young Caesar.
he is inspired with an ardent desire of knowledge, and is equally willing to learn of Socrates and of the Sophists.
This throws our actions into perspective; and as crabs, goats, scorpions, the balance and the waterpot lose their meanness when hung as signs in the zodiac, so I can see my own vices without heat in the distant persons of Solomon, Alcibiades
, and Catiline.
The antient philosophers, such as Socrates, Alcibiades
, and others, did not use to argue with their scholars.
Not many horses tackle Group 1 company before losing their maiden tag, and while there have been success stories, such as last year's Alcibiades
Stakes winner Country Star and Derby second Dragon Dancer, most are hopelessly out of their depth.