Hippocleides Doesn't Care

TheChazCav

Columbia, United States

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Hippocleides was an Athenian nobleman. In his youth, he competed for the hand of Agariste, the daughter of Cleisthenes. By the end, only Hippocleides and Megacles remained. During a feast with Cleisthenes, Hippocleides became rip-roaringly drunk. He called for the flute player to play him a song and began to dance. Cleisthenes was irritated but allowed him to go on. Then Hippocleides called for a table and began to dance upon it. The final straw came when he began to dance with his legs in the air. Cleisthenes stood, appalled, and yelled, “Son of Tisander, you have danced away your marriage!” To which Hippocleides responded, “Hippocleides doesn’t care!” and kept on dancing. According to Herodotus, it became a common phrase in the ancient world.

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