Philostratus of Athens, Discourses 2

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PHILOSTRATUS

ΔΙΑΛΕΞΕΙ 2

Οἱ τὸν νόμον τῇ φύσει ἀνθομοιοῦντες ἀντικεῖσθαι μὲν ταῦτά φασιν ἀλλήλοις, καθάπερ τὸ λευκὸν τῷ μέλανι καὶ τὸ μανὸν τῷ πυκνῷ καὶ τὸ μελιχρὸν τῷ πικρῷ καὶ τὸ ψυχρὸν τῷ θάλποντι, εἶναι δὲ φύσεως μὲν ἔργα ζῷα καὶ ἄστρα καὶ ποταμοὺς καὶ ἴδας καὶ πεδία καὶ ἰσθμοὺς καὶ πορθμοὺς καὶ καθάπαξ τὸ ὑπὲρ τέχνην, νόμου δὲ ἔργα τείχη καὶ νεώσοικοι καὶ ναῦς καὶ ἀσπὶς καὶ λήια καὶ πᾶν τὸ ὑπὸ χεῖρα.

καὶ τὰ μὲν τῆς φύσεως ἄφθαρτα εἶναι τὸν ἀεὶ

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DISCOURSES

DISCOURSE 2

Those who contrast Custom with Nature state that these are opposed to each other just as white to black or sparse to dense or sweet to bitter or cold to warm; and that the works of Nature are animals, stars, rivers, trees, plains, isthmuses, straits and whatever cannot be fabricated, while those of Custom are walls, ship sheds, a ship, a spear, crops and everything produced by hand.

And (they say) that the things of Nature are eternally

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.philostratus_athens-discourses_2.2014