The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Hiero by Xenophon:|
treatise see Lys. "Olymp."; and Prof. Jebb's remarks on the
fragment, "Att. Or." i. p. 203 foll. Grote, "H. G." xi. 40 foll.;
"Plato, iii. 577.
No, no! I tell you, Hiero, your battlefield, your true arena is with
the champion presidents of rival states, above whose lesser heads be
it your destiny to raise this state, of which you are the patron and
supreme head, to some unprecedented height of fortune, which if you
shall achieve, be certain you will be approved victorious in a contest
the noblest and the most stupendous in the world.
Since what follows? In the first place, you will by one swift stroke
have brought about the very thing you have set your heart on, you will