<MILESTONE ED="P" UNIT="para">Hippocrates, the
tyrant of Gela
, after his victory over the
pitched his camp in the temple area of Zeus. And he
seized the person of the priest of the temple and certain Syracusans who were in the act of
taking down the golden dedications and removing in particular the robe of the statue of Zeus in
the making of which a large amount of gold had been used.
after sternly rebuking them as despoilers of the temple, he ordered them to return to the city,
but he himself did not touch the dedications, since he was intent upon gaining a good name and
he thought not only that one who had commenced a war of such magnitude should commit no sin
against the deity, but also that he would set the commons at variance with the administrators
of the affairs of Syracuse
, because men would
think the latter were ruling the state to their own advantage and not to that of all the people
nor on the principle of equality.
in birth and wealth, as well as in the
humanity he displayed towards the commons, far surpassed not only his fellow citizens but also
the other Sicilian Greeks.Const. Exc. 2 (1), p. 227.