Chapter XXIV.—Of the Other Public Amusements.
What advantage should I gain from him who is brought
on the stage by Euripides raving mad, and acting the matricide of
Alcmæon; who does not even retain his natural behaviour, but with
his mouth wide open goes about sword in hand, and, screaming aloud,
is burned to death, habited in a robe unfit for man? Away, too, with
the mythical tales of Acusilaus, and Menander, a versifier of the same
class! And why should I admire the mythic piper? Why should I busy myself
about the Theban Antigenides,488488 like Aristoxenus? We leave you to these
worthless things; and do you either believe our doctrines, or, like us,
give up yours.