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63 Democritus: Legends traders; they were gathering wealth, and that was the aim of their travelling and voyaging. [According to the same story] the people of Abdera called Democritus 'Philosophy' and Protagoras 'Reason/ And Democritus used to laugh at everyone and say they were mad, and so his fellow citizens also used to call him 'Laugher/ And they say that on first meeting him Hippocrates formed the impression that he was mad, but as he got to know him he came to admire him intensely. And they say that though Hippocrates was a Dorian he wrote his works in Ionic dialect to oblige Democritus.44 [Cf. VALERIUS MAXIMUS VIII.7; SENECA On Providence 6.2} 23. PLINY Natural History XVHI.68.273 It is said that Democritus was the first to understand and demonstrate the affinity between earth and the heavens. The richest of his fellow citizens laughed at that interest of his, but he foresaw from the growth of the shoots (I have explained the reason and shall expound it more fully) that oil was going to be very dear, and bought up all the oil in the district at a time when the price was very low because of the expectation of a bumper olive crop, to the astonishment of all those who knew his poverty and his concern above all to have peace and quiet for his studies. And when it turned out as he had said, and he had become immensely rich, he repaid the money to those worried, grasping landowners (who now regretted their attitude) content thus to have proved that he could easily have wealth whenever he wished. 24. PLUTARCH Convivial Questions 1.10.2, 628b-d It will be no bad thing if love of inquiry does for us what it did for the learned Democritus. It seems that he was once eating a cucumber, and noticing that it tasted of honey he asked the maidservant where she had bought it. She mentioned a garden, and he got up and told her to take him and show him the place. The woman was surprised and asked him what he wanted. T have to find out the cause of the sweetness/ he said 'and I shall find it out by seeing the place/ The woman smiled and said 'Sit down; I put the cucumber by mistake into a jar that had had honey in it/ 'You've ruined it,' he said, apparently in anger, 'but all the same I shall pursue the inquiry and investigate the cause,' as if the sweetness belonged naturally to the cucumber. 44 The story that the people of Abdera sent for Hippocrates to treat Democritus' supposed madness, and the account of the subsequent association between the two sages, are set out in nos. 10-23 of the fictional letters preserved in the Hippocratic corpus (Works of Hippocrates, ed. Littre, vol. IX). Cf. Soranus, Life of Hippocrates 1-3 (Westermann, Biographi Graeci Minores). For fuller information see Salem 15, ch. 8.

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