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[2] Now there was among the Sabines one Appius Clausus,1 a man whose wealth made him powerful, as his personal prowess made him illustrious, but who was most eminent for his lofty character and for his great eloquence. He could not, however, escape the fate of all great men, but was an object of jealous hate, and when he tried to stop the war, those who hated him charged him within trying to increase the power of Rome, with a view to making himself tyrant and master of his own country.

1 Attius Clausus among the Sabines, Appius Claudius among the Romans, according to Livy, ii. 16, 4.

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