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The story about the money, indeed, is generally admitted, namely, that Alexander sent him a present of a hundred talents.1 When this was brought to Athens, Phocion asked the bearers why in the world, when there were so many Athenians, Alexander offered such a sum to him alone. They replied: ‘Because Alexander judges that thou alone art a man of honour and worth.’ ‘In that case,’ said Phocion, ‘let him suffer me to be and be thought such always.’

1 The talent was equivalent to about £235, or $1,200, with four or five times the purchasing power of modern money.

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