Anacharsis

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Anacharsis was a Scythian traveller and philosopher of the 6th century BC who visited Athens. His observations on Greek culture survive only through the doubtful testimony of writers who lived many centuries after his time.

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  • These decrees of yours are no different from spiders' webs. They'll restrain anyone weak and insignificant who gets caught in them, but they'll be torn to shreds by people with power and wealth.
  • The forum [is] an established place for men to cheat one another, and behave covetously.
  • Under which head do you class those who are at sea?
    • Diogenes Laërtius (trans. C. D. Yonge) The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers (1853), "Anacharsis" sect. 5, p. 48.
    • Having been asked whether the dead or the living were more numerous.

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