Athenaeus, xii. 526 a, quotes three elegiac couplets of Xenophanes on the luxurious ways which the men of Colophon learned from the Lydians. Since the lines lack theological or metaphysical interest, they have not received so much attention as other fragments of Xenophanes, and few attempts have been made to unravel their exact meaning. But it is rash to hurry over anything written by Xenophanes, and these lines are in their way as interesting as anything else that he wrote. For they show what he, a penetrating and serious critic, thought about one aspect of the impact of East on West, of barbarian on Greek, and they contain his only known judgement on historical events. On examination they raise more questions than are usually found in them. They may be quoted as Diels printed them:
βρоσνας δ μαθντες νωφελας παρ Λνδν,
φρα τνραννης σαν νεν στνγερς,
ϊσαν ες γоρν παναλоνργα φρε' χоντες,
о μεоνς σπερ χλιоι ες ππαν,
αχαλоι, χατσιν γαλλμεν' επρεπεσσιν,
σκητоσ' δμν χρμασι δενμενоι.