Diogenes Laertius, Lives of the Eminent Philosophers

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"He had abundance of matter, but in style he was not successful."

insignificant in person, "horse-hidden"

died either by drinking wine, getting dizzy, and dying five days later; or in a violent fit of laughter after encouraging the ass who had eaten his figs to wash it down with wine

arrogant; dedicated none of his writings to kings

wrote of indecent things


"To return to the philosopher. He used to propound arguments such as the following: "He who divulges the mysteries to the uninitiated is guilty of impiety. Now the hierophant certainly does reveal the mysteries to the uninitiated, ergo he is guilty of impiety."[97] Or again: "What is not in the city is not in the house either: now there is no well in the city, ergo there is none in the house either." Yet another: "There is a certain head, and that head you have not. Now this being so, there is a head which you have not, therefore you are without a head." 187. Again: "If anyone is in Megara, he is not in Athens: now there is a man in Megara, therefore there is not a man in Athens." Again: "If you say something, it passes through your lips: now you say wagon, consequently a wagon passes through your lips." And further: "If you never lost something, you have it still; but you never lost horns, ergo you have horns." Others attribute this to Eubulides."