Drunkenness, The Reward of Virtue: Plato, Republic 2.363c

“Musaeus and his son give even more novel goods from the gods to the just. In their tales, they lead them to Hades, put them on couches, and prepare a symposium of the blessed, where they spend all of their time crowned and drunk, because the authors think that the finest reward for virtue is eternal inebriation.”

Μουσαῖος δὲ τούτων νεανικώτερα τἀγαθὰ καὶ ὁ ὑὸς αὐτοῦ παρὰ θεῶν διδόασιν τοῖς δικαίοις· εἰς ῞Αιδου γὰρ ἀγαγόντες τῷ λόγῳ καὶ κατακλίναντες καὶ συμπόσιον τῶν ὁσίων κατασκευάσαντες ἐστεφανωμένους ποιοῦσιν τὸν ἅπαντα χρόνον ἤδη διάγειν μεθύοντας, ἡγησάμενοι κάλλιστον ἀρετῆς μισθὸν μέθην αἰώνιον.

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