For this reason, though Mithridates treated him with all deference and respect, he would not bend or yield, but said:
‘O King, either strive to be stronger than Rome, or do her bidding without a word.’ This speech startled the king, who had often heard the Roman speech, but then for the first time in all its boldness.
Plutarch. Plutarch's Lives. with an English Translation by. Bernadotte Perrin. Cambridge, MA. Harvard University Press. London. William Heinemann Ltd. 1920. 9.
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