When Priam found that Troy was given for lost,
he sent his young son Polydore into Thrace with a vast
sum of gold, and put all into the hands of Polymestor his
kinsman. So soon as Troy was taken, Polymestor killed
the child, and took the gold to himself. Hecuba, being
driven upon that quarter, overreached Polymestor by craft,
under pretence of giving him a great treasure, at which
time she, with the assistance of her fellow-prisoners, tore
out his eyes with her nails.—Euripides the Tragedian.
When Hannibal was ravaging the country of Campania,
Lucius Thymbris deposited his son Rustius, with a vast
sum of money, in the hands of Valerius Gestius his kinsman; who upon intelligence that the enemy carried all
before him, out of pure avarice and without any regard to
humanity or justice, killed the child. It so fell out that
Thymbris, as he was walking about the fields, found the
dead body of his son; whereupon he called his kinsman
under pretence of a treasure that he would show him. He
took his opportunity, put out his eyes, and crucified him.
—Aristides's Third Book of his Italic History.