Death of Lyciscus
Lyciscus the Aetolian was a factious turbulent agitator, and directly he was killed the Aetolians
from that hour lived harmoniously and at peace
with each other, simply from the removal of
one man. Such decisive influence has character in human
affairs, that we find not only armies and cities, but also
national leagues and whole divisions of the world, experiencing
the greatest miseries and the greatest blessings through the
vice or virtue of one man. . . .
Though he was a man of the worst character, Lyciscus
ended his life by an honourable death; and accordingly, most
people with some reason reproach Fortune for sometimes
giving to the worst of men what is the prize of the good—an
easy death. . . .