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None of these things shook Solon from his resolution. To his friends he said, as we are told, that a tyranny was a lovely place, but there was no way down from it. And in his poems he writes to Phocus:—

‘And if,’ he says, “I spared my land,
My native land, and unto tyranny and violence implacable
Did not set hand, polluting and disgracing my fair fame,
I'm not ashamed; in this way rather shall my name be set above
That of all other men.”
1 From this it is clear that even before his legislation he was in high repute.

1 Solon, Frag. 32 (Bergk).

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