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| An Eleatic Philosopher, of Abdera in Thrace. Born 513; died 404, B. C.
? In the “ Sale of Philosophers,” as described by Lucian, the heads of the different sects are brought to the hammer, Mercury being the auctioneer. Pythagoras fetches ten Minæ, Diogenes, with his rags and cynicism, two obols— he may do for a house-dog! Aristippus (the founder of the Cyrenaic sect) is too fine a gentleman for any body to venture on. Democritus and Heraclitus are alike unsaleable. Socrates, with whom Lucian seems to confound the Platonic philosophy, after being well ridiculed and abused, is bought by Dion, of Syracuse, for the large sum of two talents. Epicurus produces two Minæ. Chrysippus, the
Putting up for sale a number
stoic, who gives some extraordinary specimens of his logic, and for whom there is a great competition, is knocked down for twelve Minæ. A peripatetic, or double person, (exoteric and esoteric) with his physical knowledge, brings twenty Minæ. Pyrrho, the sceptic, comes at last, who after having been disposed of, and in the hands of the buyer, is still in doubt whether he has been sold or not!
3 A Philosopher of Ephesus, founder of a sect named after himself. Flourished from 500 to 425, B. C. + “Once more, Democritus, arise on earth,
With cheerful wisdom and instructive mirth,
Dr. Johnson. • How the Sage was rewarded will be seen by the following extract from an autograph letter (in the possession of Uncle Timothy) written by the excellent and learned Elizabeth Carter to Miss Highmore, dated April 23, 1752.
“I extremely honour the just indignation you express
Invited," I before had come,
at the cold reception which has been given by a stupid, trifling, ungrateful world to the RAMBLER. You may conclude by my calling names in this courageous manner, that I am as zealous in the cause of this excellent paper as yourself. But we may both comfort ourselves that an author who has employed the noblest powers of genius and learning, the strongest force of understanding, the most beautiful ornaments of eloquence in the service of Virtue and Religion can never sink into oblivion, however he may be at present too little regarded.”
6 “Me, poor man! my library Was dukedom large enough.” Uncle Timothy had been thinking of the nest-like little domicile of Democritus when he wrote the following
One of those neat quiet nooks
Not exactly in my dotage !
And let it be
From village spire
A pealing choir!
And fondly mark
That heavenly spark !
Now in the sear,
And doubly dear!
7 “Who, having claw'd or cuddled into bondage
The thing misnamed a husband—” Tobin.
No duns without, no quacks within,
Ye have made (it else had been
With fairest flow'rs,
For lonely hours !
And tell the time
With wizard rhyme !
Our path beset,
If we forget ?
Let that content
A life well-spent.