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When the men associated with Lasthenes, the Olynthian, complained with indignation because some of Philip's associates called them traitors, 1 he said that the Macedonians are by nature a rough and rustic people who call a spade a spade. 2

1 Cf. Moralia, 97 D.

2 A reference to a line from an unknown comic poet quoted by Lucian, Iupiter Tragoedus, 32. Cf. also Lucian, Historia quomodo conscribenda sit, 41, and Kock, Com. Att. Frag. iii. p. 451, Adespota no. 227.

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