Pen is mightier than sword! (Post No. 2489)

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Compiled by london swaminathan

Date: 29 January 2016

 

Post No. 2489

 

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Words are more powerful than Swords!

 

The power of pen is excellently illustrated by an incident in the war between the ancient Greeks and Romans. A group of Athenians were seized and held captive at Syracuse. To help pass the time they enacted many scenes from the plays of Euripides (480 BCE) . Their captors were so favourably impressed by the beauty of the verses that instead of treating their prisoners cruelly as was their custom, they persuaded them to continue their play acting and held them as their as honorary guests.

 

Upon their return to Athens, the former captives went to the home of Euripides and informed him of the effect of his plays upon the supposedly heartless men of Syracuse. So great was their gratitude toward the great dramatist they treated him as though he had actually rescued them in combat on the field of the battle.

 

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Sophocles Freed!

 

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Sophocles (406 BCE) wrote tragedies to the end of his long life. On account of this zeal for writing he seemed to be neglecting his business affairs so his sons summoned him to court that a jury may pronounce him as incompetent to manage his estate on the ground of senility. Then the old man is said to have recited to his judges a play which he has just finished and had in his hands, the Oedipus at Colonous and to have asked whether the poem seemed the work of a man

In his dotage (old and weak period).  After his recitation he was freed by the vote of the jurors.

 

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–Subham-