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Epiphany of Dionysus mosaic, from the Villa of Dionysus (second century AD) in Dion, Greece, Archeological Museum of Dion

The tyrant Dionysius was dining one day with Philip II of Macedon, who took to scorning the tyrant's father for having squandered his leisure hours writing poetry and plays. "How could a king find time to write such trifles?" he asked. "In those hours," Dionysius replied, "which you and I spend in drunkenness and debauchery."

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