Εἴ τις καθείρξαι χρυσὸν ἐν δόμοις πολὺν
καὶ σῦκα βαιὰ καὶ δύ’ ἢ τρεῖς ἀνθρώπους,
γνοίη χ’ ὅσῳ τὰ σῦκα τοῦ χρυσοῦ κρέσσω.
(Ananius, fr. 3)
If one were to shut up in a room much gold, a few figs, and two or three people, he would recognize how much superior figs are to gold. (tr. Douglas E. Gerber)