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It is no great thing to possess strength, whatever kind it is, but to use it as one should. For of what advantage to Milo of Croton was his enormous strength of body?1 [2]

The death of Polydamas, the Thessalian, when he was crushed by the rocks,2 made clear to all men how precarious it is to have great strength but little sense.Const. Exc. 4, pp. 285-286.

1 How Milo's strength brought about his death is told in Strabo 6.1.12.

2 Polydamas, a famous athlete, was in a cave when the roof began to crack. His companions fled to safety, but Polydamas thought he could support the roof (cp. Paus. 6.5.4 ff.).

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