Menander vs. Philemon: Gellius 17.4

“Menander, in competitions of comedy composition, was often beaten by Philemon, a writer by no means his equal, due to the influence of canvassing, factional politics, and personal favor. When Menander ran into Philemon one day, he asked him, ‘Pray tell me, Philemon – when you beat me, doesn’t it make you blush?”

Menander a Philemone, nequaquam pari scriptore, in certaminibus comoediarum ambitu et factionibus saepenumero vincebatur. Eum cum forte habuisset obviam, ‘Quaeso,” inquit, “Philemo, bona venia dic mihi, cum me vincis, non erubescis?’

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