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[2] However, he was never bitter, although many imputed hastiness and levity to his nature, and in general he was a most agreeable companion and able to say a graceful thing with force. For instance, when he was trying to dissuade the Achaeans from appropriating the island of Zacynthos, he said it would be dangerous for them, like a tortoise, to stick their head out of its Peloponnesian shell.1 Again, when he held his first conference with Philip concerning a truce and peace, and Philip remarked that Titus had come with many attendants while he himself had come alone, Titus answered, ‘Yes, thou hast made thyself alone by slaying thy friends and kindred.’ 2

1 Cf. Livy, xxxvi. 32; Plutarch, Morals p. 197b.

2 Cf. Morals, p. 197a (Polybius xviii. 7).

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