Plutarch, Comparison of Alcibiades and Coriolanus, 1.4


 It is shameful to flatter the people to gain power; but to rule through fear, depravity and oppression is not merely shameful, it is unjust.


αἰσχρὸν μὲν γὰρ τὸ κολακεύειν δῆμον ἐπὶ τῷ δύνασθαι, τὸ δ᾽ ἰσχύειν ἐκ τοῦ φοβερὸν εἶναι καὶ κακοῦν καὶ πιέζειν πρὸς τῷ αἰσχρῷ καὶ ἄδικόν ἐστιν.


Alcibiades, you might know. But Coriolanus is not exactly a household name (Unless, say, that house is William Shakespeare’s)

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