But tell me: how did gold get to be the highest value? because it is uncommon and useless and gleaming and gentle in its brilliance; it always gives itself. only as an image of the highest virtue did gold get to be the highest value. the giver's glance gleams like gold. a golden brilliance concludes peace between the moon and the sun. uncommon is the highest virtue and useless, it is gleaming and gentle in its brilliance: a gift-giving virtue is the highest virtue.