Studies in Fronto and His Age; With an Appendix on African Latinity Illustrated by Selections from the Correspondence of Fronto
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ... yourself out with hunger and thirst and business at Lorium' 2 " One more example we may take from the discussion with Appian about the giving of presents'. Appian had asked why it was that, although cities receive offerings and money, though gods desire such gifts, and men accept legacies from friends who are dead, yet one man will not accept money from another. Fronto's reply is clear and to the point. Afier illustrating the difference between public and private codes on many points, he adds: "If you tell me that many cities accept such gifts, I could reply that many individuals accept them; but the point we are raising is whether it is right and fitting that they should accept them1." Nor is the case of the gods a parallel; " for it is not fitting to worship me as a god or as the King of the Persians." The rule he would lay down is that one may receive from a friend that for which one would not be ashamed to ask." Gifts, he thinks, should be "a mixture of much kindliness and very little expense'." For "a costly gifi: is not profitable to rich or poor, since the former does not need it and the latter cannot return it." " The small gift, on the contrary, is equally to the praise of the giver, for his kind thought, and the recipient, for his acceptance'." 1 pp. 184, 135: "Nostrae res haud copiosae." Cf. p. 235. Marcus presumably paid Fronto well, however, if we may judge by Med. 1. 4: "(I leamed) from my great-grandfathermto have good teachers at home and to know that on such things a man should spend liberally." According to the story in Gel. xxx. 10 Fronto was prepared to pay a good price for a new bath. 1 p. 168. 5 p....
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