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[7] as if being angry for these reasons. Now men think that they have a right to be highly esteemed by those who are inferior to them in birth, power, and virtue,
and generally, in whatever similar respect1 a man is far superior to another; for example, the rich man to the poor man in the matter of money, the eloquent to the incompetent speaker in the matter of oratory, the governor to the governed, and the man who thinks himself worthy to rule to one who is only fit to be ruled. Wherefore it has been said: “ Great is the wrath of kings cherished by Zeus,2

” and “ Yet it may be that even afterwards he cherishes his resentment,3

” for kings are resentful in consideration of their superior rank.

1 ταὐτῷ. Other readings are ταῦτα, or τις.

2 Hom. Il. 2.196.

3 Hom. Il. 1.82. The words are those of the soothsayer Calchas to Achilles, and the reference is to Agamemnon.

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