Dio Chrysostom



1Εἰκὸς μέν ἐστιν, ὦ ἄνδρες Ῥόδιοι, τοὺς πολλοὺς ὑμῶν ἐμὲ νομίζειν ὑπὲρ ἰδίου τινὸς πράγματος ἐντευξόμενον ὑμῖν ἀφῖχθαι· ὥστε ἐπειδὰν αἴσθησθε τῶν ὑμετέρων τι κοινῶν ἐγχειροῦντα ἐπανορθοῦν, δυσχερανεῖτε ἴσως, εἰ μήτε πολίτης ὢν μήτε κληθεὶς ὑφ᾿ ὑμῶν, ἔπειτα ἀξιῶ συμβουλεύειν, καὶ ταῦτα ὑπὲρ οὐδενὸς ὧν σκεψόμενοι συνεληλύθατε. 2ἐγὼ δὲ ἂν μὲν ὑμῖν ἀκούσασιν ἢ μηδὲν τῶν δεόντων ἢ περί τινος τῶν μὴ πάνυ ἀναγκαίων φανῶ λέγων, δικαίως ἂν ἀμφότερά φημι δόξειν, ἅμα εὐήθης καὶ περίεργος· ἐὰν δ᾿ ὡς οἷόν τε καὶ περὶ μεγίστου πράγματος, καὶ τούτου σφόδρα φαύλως ἔχοντος, ὥστε δημοσίᾳ τὴν πόλιν ἀπ᾿ αὐτοῦ διαβεβλῆσθαι καὶ πάντας ὑμᾶς ἐπὶ πᾶσι τοῖς ἄλλοις εὐδοκιμοῦντας καθ᾿ ἓν τοῦτο δόξης οὐ προσηκούσης τυγχάνειν, εἰκότως ἂν μοι χάριν ἔχοιτε καὶ νομίζοιτε εὔνουν ἑαυτοῖς. δῆλον γὰρ ὡς εἰ καὶ1 μὴ πάνυ τις ὑμᾶς ἀγαπᾷ, τοῖς


The Thirty-First Discourse

Dio Chrysostom

The Thirty-First Discourse: The Rhodian Oration

It is reasonable to suppose, men of Rhodes, that the majority of you are thinking that I have come to talk to you about some private matter; consequently, when you perceive that I am attempting to set right a matter which concerns your own general interests, you will perhaps be vexed that I, who am neither a citizen nor have been invited to come here, yet venture to offer advice, and that too concerning no one of the subjects for the consideration of which you have assembled. But for my part, if after hearing me you find that the topic on which I am speaking is either inappropriate or not altogether urgent, I say that I shall be rightly regarded as both foolish and officious. But if you find that my topic is really of the greatest possible importance, and, furthermore, that the situation of which I speak is very bad indeed, so that the state as such is in evil repute on that account, and that you yourselves, one and all, though you bear a good reputation in everything else, in this one matter do not enjoy the general esteem to which you are entitled, you would have good reason to be grateful to me and to regard me as a true friend of yours. For it is evident that even if any person1 is not altogether content with you, the

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.dio_chrysostom-discourses_31_people_rhodes.1940