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[2] Antipater, writing in one of his letters about the death of Aristotle the philosopher,1 says: ‘In addition to all his other gifts, the man had also that of persuasion’; and the absence of this gift in Marcius made his great deeds and virtues obnoxious to the very men whom they benefited, since they could not endure the arrogant pride of the man, and that self-will which is, as Plato says,2 ‘the companion of solitude.’ Alcibiades, on the contrary, understood how to treat in a friendly manner those who met him, arid we cannot wonder that when he was successful his fame was attended with goodwill and honour, and flowered luxuriantly, since some of his errors even had often charm and felicity.

1 See Comparison of Aristides and Cato, ii. 4.

2 See Coriolanus, xv. 4.

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