previous next

And yet, for that matter, the common people also held him in favour and aided his ambitions. For although Cleon had great influence with them ‘by coddling them, and giving frequent jobs for pay,’1 yet the very men whose favour he thus sought to gain were aware of his rapacity and fierce effrontery, for the most part preferred Nicias as their champion. The dignity of Nicias was not of the harsh, offensive sort, but was blended with much circumspection, and won control of the people from the very fact that he was thought to be afraid of them.

1 An iambic trimeter from an unknown comic poet (;Kock, Com. Att. Frag., iii. p. 400).

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

load focus Greek (Bernadotte Perrin, 1916)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: