Cleobis and Bito:

The above URL is a link to a translation of the first book of Herodotus’ histories. About 2/5 of the way through, Herodotus recounts through the character of Solon the story of Cleobis and Bito (among others) to the Lydian King Croesus. Solon uses the story of Cleobis and Bito to support his claim that no person can fairly be described as having a happy life until he or she has died. Solon reminds the king that despite all his current wealth and power, he can still be deprived of his happiness and ultimately have a miserable life.

Despite their grim nature, Solon’s words gave me a measure of comfort. His speech made me realize how very mutable all social conditions can be regardless of how entrenched the rich and powerful may be.

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