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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
 
From Stoics and Sceptics

Edwyn Bevan (1870–1943)
 
STOICISM 1 .. was a system put together hastily, violently to meet a desperate emergency. Some ring-wall must be built against chaos. High over the place where Zeno talked could be descried the wall, built generations before, under the terror of a Persian attack, built in haste of the materials which lay to hand, the drums of columns fitted together, just as they were, with the more regular stones. That heroic wall still looks over the roofs of modern Athens. To Zeno it might have been a parable of his own teaching.  1
 
Note 1. Edwyn Bevan. ‘Stoics and Sceptics’. Oxf. 1913. p. 32. [back]
 
 
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