In 2009 I started a series in Nederlog called GW
- favourite quotations with some explanations, notes, or comments by
me - that did not grow into much, because as it happened I wrote last
year mostly about ME. Yesterday I
wrote rather a lot, so today I give just a small quotation, mostly to
... Hippo, the tyrant of
Messana (..) was captured as he tried to escape by ship. The people of
Messana brought him to the public theatre and summoned their children
from the schools to witness that most exemplary of spectacles, the
punishment of a tyrant: they then tortured him and put him to death.
Life of Timoleon
Plutarch (<-Wikipedia), though I don't always believe him or agree
with him, and their are several good renderings of his "Parallel
Lives" in English, that may teach one rather a lot about human beings
and in particular about the ancient Greeks and Romans.
The point of this quote is the opposition of "that
most exemplary of spectacles" and what that spectacle is: "the
punishment of a tyrant: they then tortured him and put him to death".
Indeed, in "the public theatre",
with their children summoned from the schools
to witness that most exemplary of spectacles.
As I said, I quoted it to provide
nature, here manifested by events on Sicily in the 4th
century B.C. I do not think Plutarch was in any way ironical: This is
what he thought.
There's more of him here:
Works by Plutarch, in the Gutenberg Project.
(*) From: The Age of Alexander -
Nine Greek Lives by Plutarch, Penguin Books, 1973, p. 182,
translated by Ian Scott Gilvert
P.S. Corrections, if any are necessary, have to
be made later.