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[219e] of enticing him. For I was well aware that he was far more proof against money on every side than Ajax against a spear;1 and in what I thought was my sole means of catching him he had eluded me. So I was at a loss, and wandered about in the most abject thraldom to this man that ever was known. Now all this, you know, had already happened to me when we later went on a campaign together to Potidaea;2 and there we were messmates. Well, first of all, he surpassed not me only but every one else in bearing hardships; whenever we were cut off in some place


1 Referring to the sevenfold shield of Ajax; cf. Pind. I. 5.45; Soph. Af. 576.

2 432 B.C.

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