Before held in high honor by the Hellenes as
the hero of Plataea, Pausanias, after the receipt of this letter, became
prouder than ever, and could no longer live in the usual style, but went out
of Byzantium in a Median dress, was attended on his march through Thrace by
a bodyguard of Medes and Egyptians, kept a Persian table, and was quite
unable to contain his intentions, but betrayed by his conduct in trifles
what his ambition looked one day to enact on a grander scale.
He also made himself difficult of access, and displayed so violent a temper
to every one without exception that no one could come near him.Indeed, this was the principal reason why the confederacy went over to the
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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