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Accordingly, I may say of Nicias, in the first place, what Aristotle wrote,1 namely, that the three best citizens of Athens,—men of hereditary good will and friendship for the people,—were Nicias the son of Niceratus, Thucydides the son of Melesias, and Theramenes the son of Hagnon. However, this was true of the last in lesser degree than of the other two, because he has been flouted for inferior parentage as an alien from Ceos; and on account of his not being steadfast, but ever trying to court both sides in his political career, was nicknamed ‘Cothurnus.’2

1 Aristot. Const. Ath. 28.5.

2 The high boot of early tragic actors, which could be worn on either foot.

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