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Another, engaged in conducting a solemn public procession, heard that her son was victorious on the field of battle, but that he was dying from the many wounds he had received. She did not remove the garland from her head, but with a proud air said to the women near her, ‘How much more noble, my friends, to be victorious on the field of battle and meet death, than to win at the Olympic games and live!’ 1

1 Cf. the somewhat similar story about Xenophon in Moralia, 118 f.

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