the wisdom of Critias, the poem of Solon
, the virtues of Charmides, they may have been due only to the imagination of Plato.
Theseus first, and after him Draco and Solon, instituted the government of Athens.
And Solon, according to Plutarch, was in a manner compelled, by the universal suffrage of his fellow-citizens, to take upon him the sole and absolute power of new-modeling the constitution.
Solon, who seems to have indulged a more temporizing policy, confessed that he had not given to his countrymen the government best suited to their happiness, but most tolerable to their prejudices.
is an unpleasant little cantonment, but it has the advantage of being cool and healthy.
said well to Croesus (when in ostentation he showed him his gold), Sir, if any other come, that hath better iron, than you, he will be master of all this gold.
And true riches seem to consist in these; and the acquisition of those possessions which are necessary for a happy life is not infinite; though Solon
says otherwise in this verse:
This mythical tale, of which the subject was a history of the wars of the Athenians against the Island of Atlantis, is supposed to be founded upon an unfinished poem of Solon
, to which it would have stood in the same relation as the writings of the logographers to the poems of Homer.
Induced by these feelings, I was of course led to admire peaceable lawgivers, Numa, Solon
, and Lycurgus, in preference to Romulus and Theseus.
He met at the court of Croesus with Solon
, Thales, and other sages, and is related so to have pleased his royal master, by the part he took in the conversations held with these philosophers, that he applied to him an expression which has since passed into a proverb, "The Phrygian has spoken better than all.
well, legislators and leaders of men, such as Lycurgus, Solon
, Mahomet, Napoleon, and so on, were all without exception criminals, from the very fact that, making a new law, they transgressed the ancient one, handed down from their ancestors and held sacred by the people, and they did not stop short at bloodshed either, if that bloodshed--often of innocent persons fighting bravely in defence of ancient law--were of use to their cause.
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