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[4] In Sulla's case, at any rate, it is no easy matter even to enumerate the pitched battles which he won and the myriads of enemies whom he slew; Rome itself he captured twice, and he took the Piraeus of Athens, not by famine, as Lysander did, but by a series of great battles, after he had driven ArchelaĆ¼s from the land to the sea. It is important, too, that we consider the character of their antagonists. For I think it was the merest child's play to win a sea-fight against Antiochius, Alcibiades' pilot, or to outwit Philocles, the Athenian demagogue,
Inglorious foe, whose only weapon is a sharpened tongue;1
such men as these Mithridates would not have deigned to compare with his groom, nor Marius with his lictor.

1 An iambic trimeter of unknown authorship (Nauck, Trag. Graec. Frag.2 p. 921).

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