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He once wished to see Pericles, and went to his house. But he was told that Pericles could not see him; he was studying how to render his accounts to the Athenians. ‘Were it not better for him,’ said Alcibiades, as he went away, ‘to study how not to render his accounts to the Athenians?’

While still a stripling, he served as a soldier in the campaign of Potidaea,1 and had Socrates for his tentmate and comrade in action.

1 432-431 B.C. Cf. Plut. Nic. 4.4.

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