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[2] This no kings or tyrants ever coveted, nay, they rejoiced to be surnamed ‘Besiegers,’ or ‘Thunderbolts,’ or ‘Conquerors,’ and some ‘Eagles,’ or ‘Hawks,’ 1 cultivating the reputation which is based on violence and power, as it seems, rather than on virtue. And yet divinity, to which such men are eager to adapt and conform themselves, is believed to have three elements of superiority,—incorruption, power, and virtue; and the most reverend, the divinest of these, is virtue.

1 Demetrius Poliorcetes; Ptolemy Ceraunos; Seleucus Nicator; Pyrrhus Aetos; Antiochus Hierax.

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