Dio Chrysostom, Discourses 48. A Political Address

LCL 376: 274-275

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1Πρῶτον μέν, ὦ ἄνδρες, τῷ κρατίστῳ Οὐαρηνῷ δεῖ χάριν ἡμᾶς εἰδέναι καὶ διὰ τὴν ἄλλην προθυμίαν ἣν ἐπιδέδεικται πρὸς τὴν πόλιν, καὶ ὅτι βουλομένοις ἡμῖν ἐκκλησιάσαι πάλιν ἐφῆκεν οὐ μόνον ἑτοίμως, ἀλλὰ καὶ ἡδέως. τοῦτο γὰρ ἦν πιστεύοντος ὑμῖν καὶ εἰδότος ὅτι πρὸς οὐδὲν ἄτοπον χρήσεσθε τῇ ἐξουσίᾳ. οὔτε γὰρ ξύλα χλωρὰ δήπουθεν οὐδεὶς συντίθησιν ὥστε κάεσθαι, προειδὼς ὅτι ἀνάγκη γενέσθαι καπνὸν πολὺν καὶ ἄτοπον, οὔτε τεταραγμένον δῆμον εἰς ταὐτὸ συνάγει νοῦν ἔχων ἡγεμών, ἀλλὰ ἂν μή τις μείζων 2ἀνάγκη καταλάβῃ. νῦν οὖν ὑμέτερον ἔργον ἐστὶ μὴ ψεύσασθαι αὐτοῦ τὴν διάνοιαν, ἀλλ᾿ ἐπιδεῖξαι σωφρόνως καὶ καλῶς αὑτοὺς ἐκκλησιάζοντας, καὶ πρῶτον, ἐμοὶ δοκεῖ, καλλωπίσασθαι τῇ φιλίᾳ τῇ πρὸς ἀλλήλους καὶ ὁμονοίᾳ, κἂν δεῦρο ἀφίκηται παρακληθείς, περὶ μὲν τῶν ἄλλων ὧν ἐβοᾶτε ὑπερθέσθαι· ζητήσει γὰρ αὐτὸς τὰ δημόσια, κἂν ὑμεῖς κωλύειν θέλητε. τὸ δὲ νῦν εὐχαριστήσατε καὶ δεξιώσασθε καὶ μετ᾿ εὐφημίας καὶ τιμῆς ὑποδέξασθε,


The Forty-Eighth Discourse

The Forty-Eighth Discourse: a Political Address in Assembly

In the first place, my friends, we ought to feel grateful to the most noble Varenus, not only for the general goodwill he has displayed toward our city, but also because, when we wished to hold an assembly once more, he gave his permission, not only readily but even gladly.1 For this was the act of one who trusts you and knows you will not use the privilege for any disagreeable purpose. For just as no one, I assume, collects green logs to build a fire, knowing in advance that there is bound to be much disagreeable smoke, so no proconsul of good judgement convenes a meeting of a community which is in a state of turmoil, unless some major emergency overtakes him. On the present occasion, therefore, it is your duty not to prove false to his conception of you, but rather to show yourselves temperate and well-behaved in assembly, and first and foremost, I believe, to adorn yourselves with mutual friendship and concord, and if he comes in answer to our invitation,2 to defer the other matters about which you were so vociferous; for he will inquire into the public problems himself, even if you wish to prevent him. But for the present express your appreciation of his goodness, greet him with applause, and welcome him with auspicious

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.dio_chrysostom-discourses_48_political_address.1946