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Now when Peisistratus, after inflicting a wound upon himself,1 came into the market-place riding in a chariot, and tried to exasperate the populace with the charge that his enemies had plotted against his life on account of his political opinions and many of them greeted the charge with angry cries Solon drew near and accosted him, saying: ‘0 son of Hippocrates, thou art playing the Homeric Odysseus badly; for when he disfigured himself it was to deceive his enemies2 but thou doest it to mislead thy fellow-citizens.’

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