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‘ [3] Therefore I both welcome the young man myself, having determined to make every possible use of him, and I ask you to consider him a friend.’ These words were seized upon by the envious and malevolent, who vied with one another in writing to Ptolemy many grievous charges against Aratus, so that the king sent an envoy and upbraided him. So great malice and envy attend upon the friendships of kings and tyrants, for which men strive and at which they aim with ardent passion.

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