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Character of Aristocrates

Aristocrates, the general of the Rhodians, was in appearance a man of mark and striking ability; and
Aristocrates proves a failure in the war with Crete.
the Rhodians, judging from this, believed that they had in him a thoroughly adequate leader and guide in the war.1 But they were disappointed in their expectations: for when he came to the test of experience, like spurious coin when brought to the furnace, he was shown to be a man of quite a different sort. And this was proved by actual facts. . . .

1 This war appears to have arisen from a treacherous attack of the Cretans upon the island of Siphnos. Exc. de Virt. et Vit. p. 588.

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