A Lesson in Tyrannical Civility

Epistles of Phalaris, No. 11 – To Megacles:

“I have sent you some horses outfitted for the race, and I have ordered Teukros to give you money. If you should need anything else, don’t hesitate to write. There is no request so great that I would not gladly grant it to you.”

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Καὶ τοὺς ἵππους ἐκπέπομφά σοι κεκοσμημένους ἐπὶ τὸν ἀγῶνα καὶ τὰ χρήματα δοῦναι Τεύκρῳ προστέταχα. κἂν ἄλλου του δέῃ, μὴ κατόκνει γράφειν· οὐδὲν γὰρ οὕτως ἔσται μέγα τῶν αἰτημάτων, ὃ μὴ πάντως αἰτησαμένῳ χαριούμεθα.

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