Another Murder Committed by Agathocles
Another murder committed by Agathocles was that
A fragment from the earlier history of Agathocles.
of Deinon, son of Deinon. But this, as the proverb has it, was the fairest of his foul deeds.
For the letter ordering the murder of Arsinoe
had fallen into this man's hands, and he might have given
information about the plot and saved the Queen; but at the
time he chose rather to help Philammon, and so became the
cause of all the misfortunes which followed; while, after the
murder was committed, he was always recalling the circumstances, commiserating the unhappy woman, and expressing
repentance at having let such an opportunity slip: and this he
repeated in the hearing of many, so that Agathocles heard of
it, and he met with his just punishment in losing his life. . . .