And those who are going to be attacked by others, if
we do not attack first, since it is no longer possible to deliberate; thus,
Aenesidemus is said to have sent the prize in the game of cottabus to
Gelon,1 who, having reduced a town to slavery, had anticipated him by doing
what he had intended to do himself.
1 Aenesidemus, tyrant of Leontini,
being anticipated by Gelon, tyrant of Syracuse, in the enslavement of a neighboring state, sent
him the cottabus prize, as a compliment for having “played the
game” so skilfully. The cottabus was originally a Sicilian
Aristotle in 23 Volumes, Vol. 22, translated by J. H. Freese. Aristotle. Cambridge and London. Harvard University Press; William Heinemann Ltd. 1926.
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