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One day when he met a man who had been chosen general, he asked him,1 “For what reason, think you, is Agamemnon dubbed ‘Shepherd of the people’ by Homer?2 Is it because a shepherd must see that his sheep are safe and are fed, and that the object for which they are kept is attained, and a general must see that his men are safe and are fed, and that the object for which they fight is attained, or, in other words, that victory over the enemy may add to their happiness?

1 Cyropaedia VIII. xi. 14.

2 Hom. Il. 2.243

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    • Josiah Renick Smith, Xenophon: Memorabilia, 1.2
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    • James Adam, The Republic of Plato, 1.343A
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