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Plutarch's Lives, Vol. 3 of 6

Plutarch's Lives, Vol. 3 of 6

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Excerpt from Plutarch's Lives, Vol. 3 of 6: Translated From the Original Greek; With Notes Critical and Historical, and a New Life of Plutarch

When he was about seventeen years of age,'and seemed? To be quite established in his kingdom, he happened to 'he called out of his own territories, to attend the nuptials of?) one of Glaucias's sons, with whom he had been educated. On this occasion the Molossians revolting again, drove out his friends, pillaged his treasures, and put themselves o'nce more under Neoptolemus. Pyrrhus having t-hus lost the crown, and being in want of every thing, applied himself to Demetrius, the son of Antigonus, who had married his: sister Deidamia. That princess, when very young, had i been promised to Alexander the son of Roxana (by Alex 1 ander the Great); but that family being unfortunately cut Off, she was given, when she came to be marriageable, 1 to Demetrius. In the great battle of Ipsus, where all the kings of the earth were engaged,' Pyrrhus accompanied Demetrius and, though but young, bore down all before him, and highly distinguished. Himself among the com batants. Nor did he forsake Demetrius when uhsucccfisfuiy3 but kept for him those cities of Greece with which he was intrusted and when the treaty was concluded with Ptole5 my, he went to Egypt as an hostage. There, both in hunting and other exercises, he gave Ptolemy proofs of his strength and indefatigable abilities. Observing, that among Berenice was she who had the greates't power, and was most eminent for virtue and un derstandin g, he attached himself most to her. For he had a particular art of making his court to the great, while be overlooked those that were below him. And as in' his whole Conduct he paid great attention to decency, tempe rance and prudence, Antigone, who was daughter to Be renice by her first husband Philip, was given him, in pre ference to many other young princes.

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