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[5] The tyrant also bore with his freedom of speech, and Dion was almost the only one who spoke his mind fearlessly, as, for example, when he rebuked Dionysius for what he said about Gelon. The tyrant was ridiculing the government of Gelon,1 and when he said that Gelon himself, true to his name, became the laughing-stock ( ‘gelos’) of Sicily, the rest of his hearers pretended to admire the joke, but Dion was disgusted and said: ‘Indeed, thou art now tyrant because men trusted thee for Gelon's sake; but no man hereafter will be trusted for thy sake.’ For, as a matter of fact, Gelon seems to have made a city under absolute rule a very fair thing to look upon, but Dionysius a very shameful thing.

1 Gelon had been tyrant of Syracuse 485-478 B.C.

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