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Antisthenes of Athens | Aesop, The Lion and the Hares

Only a ridiculous person would try to make laws to govern the [most superior members of a society. Indeed, those gods among men] would probably respond as did the lions in the story of Antisthenes when the hares harangued the assembly, holding that everyone was to be considered of equal worth.

Note: The bon mot attributed here to Antisthenes was apparently so well known that Aristotle only needed to allude to the lions' words, presumably something like: 'You speak well, hares, but where are your teeth and claws?' Antisthenes (d. 365 B.C.E.) was a philosopher associated with the 'Cynic' school.

Source: Aesop's Fables. Translations by George Fyler Townsend published by G. Routledge and Sons. 1867.

antisthenes_of_athens/aesop_fables_21_gibbs.txt · Last modified: 2014/03/02 13:53 by frank