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Favorite Lines/Quotes from Sophocles' AJAX

      Well then, now you’ve seen his arrogance,       make sure you never speak against the gods,       or give yourself ideas of your own grandeur,       if your strength of hand or heaped-up riches                                     [130]       should outweigh some other man’s. A single day       pulls down any human’s scale of fortune       or raises it once more.  But the gods love                              170       men who possess good sense and self-control       and despise the ones who are unjust. I’m just as strong,       with the work of my own hands I have attained       achievements just as great, but, as you see,       these Argive insults have quite ruined me.                                        [440]       And yet I think I can affirm this much—       had Achilles lived and been about to judge       the man who should receive his weapons,       the prize for being the finest man in war,       no soldier would have put his hand on them        
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[Video] Speech of Aristophanes (the Creation Myth) from Plato's _Symposium_

From Plato,  Symposium  (180e-192e): (translation may vary from the video)   The sexes were not two as they are now, but originally three in number; there was man, woman, and the union of the two, having a name corresponding to this double nature, which had once a real existence, but is now lost, and the word "Androgynous" is only preserved as a term of reproach. In the second place, the primeval man was round, his back and sides forming a circle; and he had four hands and four feet, one head with two faces, looking opposite ways, set on a round neck and precisely alike; also four ears, two privy members, and the remainder to correspond. He could walk upright as men now do, backwards or forwards as he pleased, and he could also roll over and over at a great pace, turning on his four hands and four feet, eight in all, like tumblers going over and over with their legs in the air; this was when he wanted to run fast.  Now the sexes were three, and such as I have described them