Foot Ailments and Fools! Save us From Democrates


Aelian, Miscellany 4.5

“Democrates the wrestler also had a foot ailment. When he went to a competition he stood in the arena, drew a circle around himself and dared his opponents to drag him over the line. Those who couldn’t, were defeated. He left crowned victor, having stood his ground strongly.”

Δημοκράτης ὁ παλαιστὴς καὶ αὐτὸς νοσήσας τοὺς πόδας, παριὼν εἰς τοὺς ἀγῶνας καὶ στὰς ἐν τῷ σταδίῳ, περιγράφων ἑαυτῷ κύκλον προσέταττε τοῖς ἀντιπαλαισταῖς ἔξω τῆς γραμμῆς αὐτὸν προέλκειν·οἱ δὲ ἡττῶντο ἀδυνατοῦντες. ὁ δὲ εὖ διαβὰς ἐν τῇ στάσει καὶ ἐγκρατῶς, στεφανούμενος ἀπῄει


Democrates or Heraclitus

“Friendship with a single smart person is better than many fools”

ἑνὸς φιλίη ξυνετοῦ κρέσσων ἀξυνέτων πάντων.


From Brill’s New Pauly, s.v. Democrates

[1] Attic orator of the 4th cent. BC from Aphidna

Attic orator of the 4th cent. BC from Aphidna, probably an older contemporary of Demosthenes [2] (about 338 BC he is called γέρων (gérōn; old man), cf. Stob. Floril. 3,22,43). As the descendant of  Harmodius or  Aristogeiton, he had a claim to free provisions in the Prytaneion (Hyp. 4,3). He belonged to the Pro-Macedonian party (Hyp. 4,2). He is also mentioned in Aeschin. Leg. 2,17 and Isaeus 6,22.

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