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The Precepts of Cheiron


fragment 1

Scholiast on Pindar, Pyth. vi. 19

"And now, pray, mark all these things well in a wise heart. First, whenever you come to your house, offer good sacrifices to the eternal gods."

fragment 2

Plutarch Mor. 1034 E

"Decide no suit until you have heard both sides speak."

fragment 3

Plutarch de Orac. defectu ii. 415 C

"A chattering crow lives out nine generations of aged men, but a stag's life is four times a crow's, and a raven's life makes three stags old, while the phoenix outlives nine ravens, but we, the rich-haired Nymphs, daughters of Zeus the aegis-holder, outlive ten phoenixes."

fragment 4

Quintilian, i. 1.15

Some consider that children under the age of seven should not receive a literary education. ... That Hesiod was of this opinion very many writers affirm who were earlier than the critic Aristophanes; for he was the first to reject the Precepts, in which book this maxim occurs, as a work of that poet.

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