But Aemilius, in mockery, as it would seem, of the king's cowardice and love of life, had said:
‘But this at least was in his power before, and is so now, if he should wish it,’ signifying death in preference to disgrace; for this, however, the coward had not the heart, but was made weak by no one knows what hopes, and became a part of his own spoils.
Plutarch. Plutarch's Lives. with an English Translation by. Bernadotte Perrin. Cambridge, MA. Harvard University Press. London. William Heinemann Ltd. 1918. 6.
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