THE author of the encomium upon Alcibiades for his victory in the chariot-race at Olympia,1 whether he was Euripides, as the prevailing report has it, or some other, says, Sosius,2 that the first requisite to a man's happiness is birth in ‘a famous city’; but in my opinion, for a man who would enjoy true happiness, which depends for the most part on character and disposition, it is no disadvantage to belong to an obscure and mean city, any more than it is to be born of a mother who is of little stature and without beauty.

1 See the Alcibiades, chapter xi.

2 One of Plutarch's Roman friends. See the note on the Theseus, i. 1.

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