While he is counting his money or is in the bath, a kite will
relieve him, before he knows it, either in coin or in clothes, of
the value of a couple of sheep, and carry it to the god.
I vote for restoring them the sceptre.
Hi Triballus, do you want a thrashing?
Sure, bashum head withum stick.
He says, "Right willingly."
If that be the opinion of both of you, why, I consent too.
Very well! we accord you the sceptre.
Ah! I was nearly forgetting another condition. I will leave Here
to Zeus, but only if the young Basileia is given me in marriage.
Then you don't want peace. Let us withdraw.
It matters mighty little to me. Cook, look to the gravy.
What an odd fellow this Posidon is! Where are you off to? Are we
going to war about a woman?
What else is there to do?
What else? Why, conclude peace.
Oh! you blockhead! do you always want to be fooled? Why, you are
seeking your own downfall. If Zeus were to die, after having yielded
them the sovereignty, you would be ruined, for you are the heir of all
the wealth he will leave behind.
Oh! by the gods! how he is cajoling you. Step aside, that I may
have a word with you. Your uncle is getting the better of you, my poor
friend. The law will not allow you an obolus of the paternal property,
for you are a bastard and not a legitimate child.
I a bastard! What's that you tell me?
Why, certainly; are you not born of a stranger woman? Besides,
is not Athene recognized as Zeus' sole heiress? And no daughter
would be that, if she had a legitimate brother.
But what if my father wished to give me his property on his
death-bed, even though I be a bastard?
The law forbids it, and this same Posidon would be the first to
lay claim to his wealth, in virtue of being his legitimate brother.
Listen; thus runs Solon's law: "A bastard shall not inherit, if
there are legitimate children; and if there are no legitimate
children, the property shall pass to the nearest kin."
And I get nothing whatever of the paternal property?
Absolutely nothing. But tell me, has your father had you entered
on the registers of his phratry?
No, and I have long been surprised at the omission.