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[8] The session accordingly voted to send Timoleon and, in order to ensure the success of the project, they proposed a strange and amazing alternative to him. They affirmed categorically that if he ruled the Syracusans fairly, they adjudged him a tyrannicide, but if too ambitiously, a murderer of his brother.1

1 Plut. Timoleon 7.2 puts this in the mouth of one Telecleides speaking before the assembly (δῆμος), not the senate.

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