Thursday, May 05, 2005

Plato on Fencing Masters

The Internet Classics Archive Laches, or Courage by Plato:
"I have encountered a good many of these gentlemen in actual service, and have taken their measure, which I can give you at once; for none of these masters of fence have ever been distinguished in war,-there has been a sort of fatality about them; while in all other arts the men of note have been always those who have practised the art, they appear to be a most unfortunate exception. "

Plato goes on to describe a fencing master who invents a new weapon, a combination scythe-spear, and tries it out in combat with hilarious results.

1 comment:

Eiranai said...

Hmmm...why am I not surprised. =DDD