Aelian, Fragments

LCL 486: 494-495

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1 Stob. 3.17.28 (SVF 469)

Χρύσιππος ὁ Σολεὺς ἐποιεῖτο τὸν βίον ἐκ πάνυ ὀλίγων, Κλεάνθης δὲ καὶ ἀπὸ ἐλαττόνων.

2 Stob. 4.25.38

πρώτῃ καὶ ὀγδοηκοστῇ Ὀλυμπιάδι φασὶ τὴν Αἴτνην ῥυῆναι, ὅτε καὶ Φιλόνομος καὶ Καλλίας οἱ Καταναῖοι τοὺς ἑαυτῶν πατέρας ἀράμενοι διὰ μέσης τῆς φλογὸς ἐκόμισαν, τῶν ἄλλων κτημάτων καταφρονήσαντες, ἀνθ᾿ ὧν καὶ ἀμοιβῆς ἔτυχον τῆς ἐκ τοῦ θείου· τὸ γάρ τοι πῦρ θεόντων αὐτῶν διέστη καθ᾿ ὃ μέρος ἐκεῖνοι παρεγίνοντο.

3 Stob. 4.55.10

ὁ Σωκράτης ἐπεὶ τὸ κώνειον ἔμελλε πίεσθαι, τῶν ἀμφὶ τὸν Κρίτωνα ἐρομένων αὐτὸν τίνα τρόπον ταφῆναι θέλει, “ὅπως ἂν ὑμῖν” ἀπεκρίνατο “ᾖ ῥᾷστον.”




1 Stob. Ecl. 3.17.28

Chrysippus of Soli lived off very little, Cleanthes from even less.1

2 ibid. 4.25.38

They say Etna erupted in the 81st Olympiad, when Philonomus and Callias the Catanians picked up their fathers and carried them through the flames, paying no attention to their other possessions. For this they received a reward from the gods: as they ran the fire parted at their approach. 2

3 ibid. 4.55.10

When Socrates was on the point of drinking the hemlock, Crito’s companions asked him how he wished to be buried, and he replied: “In whatever way is easiest for you.”3

  • 1Chrysippus (281 or 277–208 or 204 b.c.) and Cleanthes (331/0–232/1 b.c.) were eminent Stoic philosophers. The latter’s Hymn to Zeus is still extant.
  • 2A story of this kind is told in variant forms by many classical authors. It also features on some coins of Catania and on a Roman denarius issued by M. Herennius in 108/7 b.c. See F. Wilhelm, Philologus 80 (1924): 106–109.
  • 3Compare 1.16 above.
DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.aelian-fragments.1997