[Ads-l] Adage: An army of stags led by a lion is more formidable than an army of lions led by a stag. Attributed to Plutarch

James Eric Lawson jel at NVENTURE.COM
Sat Jan 23 21:19:29 UTC 2021

After further research, I guess this comes down to a matter of whether 
you accept Stobaeus's account attributing the adage to Philip of Macedon 
(see 61),
as noted by Harbottle (1906),
or prefer Plutarch's attribution to Chabrias.

I'm still looking for reason behind the attribution to Iphicrates, but 
suspect it may be from a misreading similar to my own concerning 
Epaminondas (see next line, labeled 62, at the Stobaeus link).

On 1/23/21 6:00 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> The quotation is on p. 105/107 of the third vol. of Frank Cole Babbitt's
> 1931 trans. of Plutarch's _Moralia_. Plutarch attributes it to Chabrias:
> "He was wont to say that an army of deer commanded by a lion is more to be
> feared than an army of lions commanded by a deer."
> JL

James Eric Lawson

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