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[2] But Solon himself says that he entered public life reluctantly, and fearing one party's greed and the other party's arrogance.1 However, he was chosen archon2 to succeed Philombrotus, and made mediator and legislator for the crisis, the rich accepting him readily because he was well-to-do, and the poor because he was honest. It is also said that a certain utterance of his which was current before his election, to the effect that equality bred no war, pleased both the men of substance and those who had none; the former expecting to have equality based on worth and excellence, the latter on measure and count.

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