XII.11 On thoughts

, par Stewart

A certain Marsyas dreamed he cut the throat of Dionysius. [1] Dionysius had him put to death, saying that he would not have dreamt it by night if he had not thought about it by day. That was a great act of tyranny ; for even had he thought about it, he had made no attempt. [2] The function of laws is to punish only overt acts.


[1Plutarch, Life of Dionysius.

[2The thought must be connected to some sort of act.