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Plutarch's Nicias And Alcibiades (1912)
by Plutarch
Binding: Hardcover, 356 pages
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
Weight: 1.52 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 9 x W: 0.5 inches
ISBN 10: 1437253652
ISBN 13: 9781437253658
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: NICIAS I. I Think that Nicias is a suitable parallel to Crassus, and the Sicilian to the Parthian disaster. I must therefore at once, and in all modesty, entreat my readers not to imagine for an instant that, in my narration of what Thucydides has inimitably set forth, surpassing even himself in pathos, vividness, and variety, I am so disposed as was Timaeus. He, a confidently hoping to excel Thucydides in skill, and to make Philistus seem altogether tedious and clumsy, pushes his history along through the conflicts and sea fights and harangues which those writers had already handled with the greatest success, showing himself, in rivalry with them, not even so much as ' by Lydian car a footman slowly plodding ', to use Pindar's comparison, nay rather a perfect example of senile learning and youthful conceit, and, in the words of Diphilus, ' obese, stuffed to the full with Sicilian grease'. Indeed, he often lapses unawares into the manner of Xenarchus, as, for instance, when 3 he says he thinks it was a bad omen for the Athenians that Nicias, whose name was derived from victory, declined at first to head their expedition; also that by the mutilation of the Hermae, Heaven indicated to them in advance that by the hands of Her mocrates the son of Hermon they were to suffer most of their reverses during the war; and, further, that it was fitting that Heracles should aid the Syracus ans, for the sake of their patron goddess Cora, who delivered Cerberus into his hands, but should be angry with the Athenians, because they were trying to succor the Egestaeans, although they were descendants of the Trojans, whose city he had once destroyed because of the wrong done him by Laomedon their king. As for Timaeus, he may possibly have been moved to write thus in the exercise of the sa...

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