One day during the Peloponnesian War, as Pericles was setting out to sea, an eclipse occurred and the ship's captain became too frightened to proceed. Pericles stepped forward, removed his cloak, and threw it over the captain's head.
"Does this frighten you?" he asked. "No," the captain replied. "Then what difference is there between the two events," Pericles asked, "except that the sun is covered by a larger object than my cloak?"