T, then, I hold it praiseworthy that, by comparison with pleasing his
fellow-Hellenes, Agesilaus scorned such friendship. And this, too,
among his tenets I find admirable: the truer title to
not to the millionaire, the master of many legions, but to him rather,
who, being himself a better man, commanded the allegiance
of better followers. (4) See "Hell." IV. i. 15; Plut. "Apophth. Lac."
p. 777; Grote, "H. G." x. 402. And this, in proof of mental forecast,
I must needs praise in him. Holding to the belief that the more
satraps there were who revolted from the king the surer the gain to
Hellas, he did not suffer himself to be seduced, either by gifts or
by the mightiness in his power, to be drawn into bonds of friendship
with the king, but took precaution rather not to abuse their
confidence who were willing to revolt. And lastly, as beyond all
admirable, note this contrast: First, the Persian, who, believing
that in the multitude of his riches he had power to lay all things
under his feet, would fain have swept into his coffers all the gold
and all the silver of mankind: for him,
and him alone, the costliest and most precious things of
earth. And then
this other, who contrariwise so furnished his establishment as to be
totally independent of every adventitious aid.
(5) And if any one doubts
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