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[5] This was an instance of what they called his kindness of heart, but the execution of all the grown men of Melos1 was chiefly due to him, since he supported the decree therefor.

Aristophon painted Nemea2 with Alcibiades seated in her arms; whereat the people were delighted, and ran in crowds to see the picture. But the elders were indignant at this too; they said it smacked of tyranny and lawlessness. And it would seem that Archestratus, in his verdict on the painting, did not go wide of the mark when he said that Hellas could not endure more than one Alcibiades.

1 In the summer of 416. Cf. Thuc. 5.116.2-4.

2 A personification of the district of Nemea, in the games of which Alcibiades had been victorious. Cf. Paus. 1.22.7, with Frazer's notes.

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