Excerpt from Plutarch's Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans: With an creation via George Wyndam
I have cause (as I thinke) to check Nicias with Crassus, and the occasions that occurred to the only in Parthia, with those who took place the opposite in Sicyle: but am I to wish them that shall ensue to learn my wrytinges, to not thinke me in entermeddling with these concerns (in the describing and reporting whereof, Thucydides hath long gone past him selfe, either for sort and livelines of narration, as additionally in selection and perfect phrases) to have the like purpose and opinion, that Timæus the historiographer had. Who, hoping through the gravety and lifetime of his phrases and reportes, to darken the glorie of Thucydides, and make Philistus (in comparability of him selfe) appeare ignoraunt, and with none grace of historicall narration: hath in his background of goal sought social gathering to go into into the describing of these battels by way of sea and by means of land, and the reporte of these speches and orations, that are added through them with nice judgement and eloquence. in which he commeth as neere them whome he contendes to passe, as doth the footeman to the Lydian coche, as sayth Pindarus: and along with sheweth him selfe fond and of small judgement, or as Diphilus sayth,
A lubber encumbered with Sicylian grease.
And in divers areas, he falleth into Xenarchus follies.
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