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[2] His friends used to accost those who were in waiting at his door and beg them to be indulgent with Nicias, for he was even then engaged upon sundry urgent matters of public business.

The man who most aided him in playing this role, and helped him to assume his costume of pompous dignity, was Hiero. He had been reared in the household of Nicias, and thoroughly instructed by him in letters and literature. He pretended to be the son of Dionysius, surnamed Chalcus, whose poems1 are indeed extant, and who, as leader of the colonizing expedition to Italy, founded Thurii.2

1 Seven fragments appear in Bergk, Poet. Lyr. Graeci, iii(;4).pp. 262 ff.

2 Cf. Plut. Per. 11.5.

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