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Polybius, Histories, book 5, Plunder and Sacrilege At Thermus (search)
roofs of these buildings with fire, they levelled them to their foundations; and threw down all the statues, which numbered no less than two thousand; and many of them they broke to pieces, sparing only those that were inscribed with the names or figures of gods. Such they did abstain from injuring. On the walls also they wrote the celebrated line composed by Samus, the son of Chrysogonus, a foster-brother of the king, whose genius was then beginning to manifest itself. The line was this— "Seest thou the path the bolt divine has sped?" And in fact the king and his staff were fully convinced that, in thus acting, they were obeying the dictates of right and justice, by retaliating upon the Aetolians with the same impious outrages as they had themselves committed at Dium.The pun disappears in translation. The line is o(ra=|s to\ di=on ou(= be/los die/ptato. But I am clearly of an opposite opinion. And the readiest argument, to prove the correctness of my view, may be drawn from the his