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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.


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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