Philip the beggarly Orphic initiator Philip the Orphic initiator [Orpheotelests who was

wholly beggarly, was claiming that people who were i—ii A.D. initiated by him brought their lives to a fortunate end. [Leotychidas the son of Aris-

Plutarch Moralia 224ef ton] responded, "So why, fool, do you not die without delay, so that you may at (Spartan Sayings) once stop having to bewail your misfortune and penury?"

Greek HERE THE STEREOTYPE OF BEGGARLINESS IS attributed to another, no doubt fic tional, Orphic initiator. It seems to have been commonplace to scoff at magical operatives claiming great powers by confronting them with the paradox of their penury (see 300).

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