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Cornelius Nepos

XV. Epaminondas

1. Epaminondas, Polymnidis2 filius,Thebanus. De hoc priusquam scribimus, haec praecipienda videntur lectoribus, ne alienos mores ad suos referant, neve ea quae ipsis leviora sunt pari modo apud ceteros fuisse 2arbitrentur. Scimus enim musicen nostris moribus abesse a principis persona, saltare vero etiam in vitiis poni; quae omnia apud Graecos et grata et

  • 2Polymnidis, Heusinger; Polymni, MSS.
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XV. Epaminondas

XV. Epaminondas

1. Epaminondas, the Theban, son of Polymnis.1 Before writing about this man, I think I ought to warn my readers not to judge the customs of other nations by their own,2 and not to consider conduct which in their opinion is undignified as so regarded by other peoples. We know, for example, that according to our ideas music is unsuited to a personage of importance, while dancing is even numbered among the vices;3 but with the Greeks all such accomplishments were regarded as becoming and

  • 1On the form of this Life see Introd., p. xii.
  • 2Cf. Praef. 2.
  • 3See Cic. pro Mur. 13.
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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.cornelius_nepos-book_great_generals_foreign_nations_epaminondas.1929