And indeed it was thus with Critias and Alcibiades. So long as they were with Socrates
, they found in him an ally who gave them strength to conquer their evil passions. But when they parted from him, Critias fled to Thessaly
, and got among men who put lawlessness before justice; while Alcibiades, on account of his beauty, was hunted by many great ladies, and because of his influence at Athens
and among her allies he was spoilt by many powerful men: and as athletes who gain an easy victory in the games are apt to neglect their training, so the honour in which he was held, the cheap triumph he won with the people, led him to neglect himself.