Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Money Wisdom #125

"Cephalus, Polemarchus's rich father, tells the assembly that he believes money to be good because with it one can act justly by paying one's debts to men and gods. He gives credence to 'tales told about what is in Hades, that the one who has done unjust deeds here must pay the penalty there' [Plato Republic 330d]. Like many other Greeks, Cephalus trusts that his wealth will save him from punishment. He hopes that it will make the vengeful Hades unable to see him, and he believes that his money in this sense is an agent of invisibility."

Marc Shell The Economy of Literature (1978) p.21

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