the ugly ones and chase the good-looking.
The ugly will follow the handsomest into the public places after
supper and see to it that the law, which forbids the women to sleep
with the big, handsome men before having satisfied the ugly shrimps,
is complied with.
Thus ugly Lysicrates' nose will be as proud as the handsomest
Yes, by Apollo! this is a truly popular decree, and what a
set-back it will be for one of those elegants with their fingers
loaded with rings, when a man with heavy shoes says to him, "Give
way to me and wait till I have done; you will pass in after me."
But if we live in this fashion, how will each one know his
The youngest will look upon the oldest as their fathers.
Ah! how heartily they will strangle all the old men, since even
now, when each one knows his father, they make no bones about
strangling him! then, my word! won't they just scorn and crap upon the
But those around will prevent it. Hitherto, when anyone saw an old
man beaten, he would not meddle, because it did not concern him;
buff now each will fear the sufferer may be his own father and such
violence will be stopped.
What you say is not so silly after all; but it would be highly
unpleasant were Epicurus and Leucolophas to come up and call me
But it would be far worse, were...
...Aristyllus to embrace you and style you his father.
He'll regret it if he does!
For you would smell vilely of mint if he kissed you. But he was
born before the decree was carried, so that you have not to fear his
It would be awful. But who will till the soil?
The slaves. Your only cares will be to scent yourself, and to go
and dine, when the shadow of the gnomon is ten feet long on the dial.
But how shall we obtain clothing? Tell me that!
You will first wear out those you have, and then we women will
weave you others.
Now another point: if the magistrates condemn a citizen to the
payment of a fine, how is he going to do it? Out of the public
funds? That would not be right surely.
But there will be no more lawsuits.
This rule will ruin you.