And is he not doing this now by leaving you to grope your
I don't know; but I'm horribly afraid of him.
Indeed? Ah! you are the biggest poltroon of all the gods! Why,
Zeus with his throne and his lightnings would not be worth an obolus
if you recovered your sight, were it but for a few moments.
Impious man, don't talk like that.
Fear nothing! I will prove to you that you are far more powerful
and mightier than he.
I mightier than he?
Aye, by heaven! (To CARIO) For instance, what is the basis of
the power that Zeus wields over the other gods?
Money; he has so much of it.
And who gives it to him?
CARIO (pointing to Plutus)
If sacrifices are offered to him, is not Plutus their cause?
Undoubtedly, for it's wealth that all demand and clamour most
Thus it's Plutus who is the fount of all the honours rendered to
Zeus, whose worship he can wither up at the root, if it so pleases
And how so?
Not an ox, nor a cake, nor indeed anything at all could be
offered, if you did not wish it.
Why? but what means are there to buy anything if you are not there
to give the money? Hence if Zeus should cause you any trouble, you
will destroy his power without other help.
So it's because of me that sacrifices are offered to him?
Most assuredly. Whatever is dazzling, beautiful or charming in the
eyes of mankind, comes from you. Does not everything depend on wealth?
I myself was bought for a few coins; if I'm a slave, it's only
because I was not rich.
And what of the Corinthian whores? If a poor man offers them
proposals, they do not listen; but if it be a rich one, instantly they
turn their arses to him.
It's the same with the lads; they care not for love, to them money
You speak of male whores; yet some of them are honest, and it's
not money they ask of their patrons.