Tatian: Oratio ad Graecos and Fragments Oxford Early by Molly Whittaker

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24. What contribution is made to my good by the actor in Ευιί­ pldes who goes mad and plays the role of A1cmaeon,α the matricide? He does not even keep his own form, but goes around with his mouth open, carrying a sword and ranting and roaring, in quite outlandish garb. Away with the mythica1 ta1es of Hegesiasb and Menander the versifier, who us~d the ~ame tongue! Why should Ι gawk at the Pytlιian f1ute-player, οι like Arlstoxenus c fuss myself with Antigenidesd the Theban? We give over to you what is ofno benefit.

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