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[3] Now, perhaps it is generally true, as Sophocles says,1 that—
Swiftly doth persuasion unto evil conduct make
its way;
for smooth and downward sloping is the passage to what a man desires, and most men desire the bad through inexperience and ignorance of the good. However, it was the greatness of the empire and the fear which Dareius felt towards Ochus that paved the way for Teribazus although, since Aspasia had been taken away, the Cyprus-born goddess of love was not altogether without influence in the case.

1 From an unknown play, Nauck, Trag. Graec. Frag.2, p. 315.

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