Excerpt from Plutarch's Lives, Vol. 11 of 11: Aratus, Artaxerxes, Galba and Otho
III. Thus was Aratus stolen away from the peril that threatened him, and at once that vehement and glowing hatred of tyrants for which be'was noted became a part of his nature and grew with his growth. He was reared in liberal fashion among the guests and friends of his father's house at Argos, and since he saw that his bodily growth promised high health and stature, he devoted himself to the exercises of the palaestra, going so far as to win wreaths of victory in contesting the pentathlum. 1 And indeed even his statues have plainly an athletic look, and the sagacity and majesty of his countenance do not altogether disown the athlete's full diet and wielding of the mattoék. Wherefore his cultivation of oratory was perhaps 'less intense than became a man in public life; and yet he is said to have been a more ornate speaker than some think who judge from the-com mentaries which he left; these were a bye-work, and were Composed in haste, off-hand, andﬂi'n the words that first occurred to him in the heat of contest.
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