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Plato found in Sicily every city full of vanity , full of factions , even as Italy is now .
And as Homer , like a learned poet , doth feign that Circe by pleasant
enchantments did turn men into beasts , some into swine , some into asses ,
some into foxes ...
The fourth fruit of vain pleasure , by Homer and Plato's judgement , is pride in
themselves , contempt of others , the very badge of all those that serve in Circe's
court . The true meaning of both Homer and Plato , is plainly declared in one
Locrus , de Anima mundi , et Natura , which is written Doricè , and turn it into such
Greek as Plato useth in other works . The book is but two leaves , and the labour
would be but two weeks ; but surely the profit for easy understanding , and true ...
Socrates , in Plato's third book de Republica , saith thus : Φράσω δε άνευ μέτρου
ου γαρ ειμι ποιητικός . Ηλθεν ο Χρύσης της τε θυγατρός λύτρα φέρων , και ικέτης
των Αχαιών , μάλιστα δε των βασιλέων και εύχετο εκείνοις μεν τους Θεούς δούναι ...
But Aristotle , namely in his Topics and Elenches , should be not only fruitful , but
also pleasant too , if examples out of Plato , and other good authors , were
diligently gathered and aptly applied unto his most perfect precepts there . And it
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essential reading, from an observer in 'flat English' language at a time when world affairs centered in and around Vienna and were essentially continental.
Quoted as first liner in a fascinating book on Anglo-French Entente under le Grand Toy, Louis XIV and the Merry Monarch, Charles II.
Full of candor, at a time when the political discourse was still amenable to compromise and chivalry, gallantry, so Ascham's remarks letters oin the Habsburg Empire, hence to Metternich and his pickup by Henry Kissinger - show the long ptrocxessof diplomacy that is not necessarily mad policy.
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The English Works of Roger Ascham: Preceptor to Queen Elizabeth
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