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G. Kaibel: Athenaei Naucratitae Dipnosophistarum libri 15

Book 5

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κἀν ἄλλοις δʼ Πλάτων φησὶ Χαιρεφῶντα ἐρωτῆσαι τὴν Πυθίαν εἴ τις εἴη Σωκράτους σοφώτερος· καὶ τὴν ἀνελεῖν μηδένα. κἀν τούτοις δὲ μὴ συμφωνῶν Ξενοφῶν φησι· Χαιρεφῶντος γάρ ποτε ἐπερωτήσαντος ἐν Δελφοῖς ὑπὲρ ἐμοῦ, ἀνεῖλεν Ἀπόλλων πολλῶν παρόντων μηδένα εἶναι ἀνθρώπων ἐμοῦ μήτε δικαιότερον μήτε σωφρονέστερον. πῶς οὖν εὔλογον πιθανὸν Σωκράτη τὸν ὁμολογοῦντα μηδὲν ἐπίστασθαι σοφώτατον ἁπάντων ὑπὸ τοῦ πάντα ἐπισταμένου θεοῦ ἀναρρηθῆναι; εἰ γὰρ τοῦτό ἐστι σοφία, τὸ μηδὲν εἰδέναι, τὸ πάντα εἰδέναι φαυλότης ἂν εἴη. τίς δʼ ἦν χρεία τῷ Χαιρεφῶντι παρενοχλεῖν τὸν θεὸν περὶ Σωκράτους πυνθανόμενον; αὐτὸς γὰρ ἦν ἀξιόπιστος ὑπὲρ αὑτοῦ λέγων ὡς οὔκ ἐστι σοφός. βλὰξ γάρ τις ἦν τοιαῦτʼ ἐρωτῶν τὸν θεόν, ὡς ἂν εἰ καὶ τοιαῦτα, τίνα τῶν Ἀττικῶν ἐρίων ἄλλʼ ἐστὶ μαλακώτερα, εἰ τῶν ἐν Βάκτροις καμήλων εἰσί τινες δυνατώτεροι, εἰ Σωκράτους ἐστί τις σιμότερος; τοὺς γὰρ τὰ τοιαῦτα πυνθανομένους εὐστόχως ἐπιρραπίζει θεός, ὡς καὶ τὸν πυθόμενον, εἴτʼ Αἴσωπός ἐστιν λογοποιὸς ἄλλος τις, πῶς ἂν πλουτήσαιμι, Διὸς καὶ Λητοῦς υἱέ; χλευάζων ἀπεκρίνατο· εἰ τὸ μέσον κτήσαιο Κορίνθου καὶ Σικυῶνος.

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