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‘ [4] That's the reason why he is physically all run down, and is not affable or pleasant to his friends, nay, he has actually lost these too, in addition to his substance, and all in the service of the city. Other public men not only win friends but enrich them- selves through their influence as public speakers, and then fare sumptuously, and make a plaything of the service of the city.’ In point of fact, such was the life of Nicias that he could say of himself what Agamemnon did:—
Sooth, as master of my life
My pomp I have, and to the populace I'm a slave.

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