Suicide of Archias
[Demetrius] offered him five hundred talents if he would
surrender Cyprus to him, with other similar advantages and
honours from himself if he would do him this service. . . .
Archias, therefore, wishing to betray Cyprus to Demetrius,
and being caught in the act and led off to stand his trial,
hanged himself with one of the ropes of the awnings in the
court. For it is a true proverb that led by their desires "the
reckonings of the vain are vain." This man, for instance,
imagining that he was going to get five hundred talents, lost
what he had already, and his life into the bargain. . . .