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PERFIDUS FAMILIARIS.

FALSE FRIENDS

Per medium Brasidas[1] clypeum traiectus ab hoste:
Quóque foret laesus cive rogante modum.
Cui fidebam (inquit) penetrabilis umbo fefellit.
Sic cui saepe fides credita: proditor est.

Brasidas once, having been hit by the foe through his shield, a fellow citizen asking how he came to be wounded, replied: “The fragile shield-boss in which I placed my trust has failed me.” So, often he in whom we place our trust betrays it.

Notes:

1.  Spartan commander in the Peloponnesian War, noted for bravery but also for cunning and rhetoric. He was slain at the moment of his final victory over Athens.



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