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[113] And naturally so; for they know well that those who held despotic power before them have been put out of the way, some by their parents,1 some by their sons,2 some by their brothers,3 and some by their wives4 and, furthermore, that the lineage of these rulers has been blotted out from the sight of men.5 Nevertheless they willingly submit themselves to such a multitude of calamities.6 And when men who are of the foremost rank and of the greatest reputation are enamored of so many evils, is it any wonder that the rest of the world covets other evils of the same kind?

1 Alexander of Macedon by his mother.

2 Astyages by Cyrus.

3 Acetas by Perdiccas; Jason of Pherae by Polydorus.

4 Alexander of Pherae.

5 See Isoc. 5.108, note.

6 Cf. the saying of Periander (Hdt. 3.53): τυραννὶς χρῆμα σφαλερόν: πολλοὶ δ᾽ αὐτῆς ἐρασταί εἰσι.

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