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And Epicrates the Athenian, having gone on an embassy to the king, according to the statement of Hegesander, and having received many presents from him, was not ashamed to flatter the king openly and boldly, so as even to say that the best way was not to choose nine archons every year, but nine ambassadors to the king. But I wonder at the Athenians, how they allowed him to make such a speech without bringing him to trial, and yet fined Demades ten talents, because he thought Alexander a god; and they put Evagoras to death, because when he went as ambassador to the king he adored him. And Timon the Phliasian, in the third book of his Silli, says that Ariston the Chian, an acquaintance and pupil of Zeno the Citiean, was a flatterer [p. 395] of Persæus the philosopher, because he was a companion of Antigonus the king. But Phylarchus, in the sixth book of his Histories, says that Nicesias the flatterer of Alexender, when he saw the king in convulsions from some medicine which he had taken, said—“O king, what must we do when even you gods suffer in this manner?” and that Alexender, scarcely looking up, said—“What sort of gods? I a afraid rather we are hated by the gods.” And in his twenty eighth book the same Phylarchus says that Apollophanes was a flatterer of Antigonus who was surnamed Epitropu, who took Lacedæmon, and who used to say that the forte of Antigonus Alexandrized.
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