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Cornelius Nepos

XVIII. Eumenes

1. Eumenes Cardianus. Huius si virtuti par data esset fortuna, non ille quidem maior exstitisset1—quod magnos homines virtute metimur, non fortuna2 2—sed multo illustrior atque etiam honoratior. Nam cum aetas eius incidisset in ea tempora quibus Macedones florerent, multum ei detraxit inter eos

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XVIII. Eumenes

XVIII. Eumenes

1. Eumenes of Cardia.2 If this man’s merit had been attended by equal good fortune, he would not, it is true, have turned out greater (for we measure a man’s greatness by his merit and not by his fortune), but he would have been much more famous and even more honoured. For his lifetime fell in the period when the Macedonians were at the height of their power, and living as he did in their country, it was

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.cornelius_nepos-book_great_generals_foreign_nations_eumenes.1929