A famous early Athenian poet and author of its constitution, Solon is credited with the maxim, "Count no man happy until he is dead." His life appears in Plutarch.
Romulus and Theseus are also the subject of comparative treatment but, unlike the first three figures mentioned by the Creature, one that is essentially negative. Romulus murdered his brother, Theseus his father, and both were likewise violent toward women. The Creature thus testifies to his essentially pacific nature and his admiration for gentle and socially conscious figures.