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Plutarch, Fabius, 2.5-2.7


τὴν δʼ ὀλιγότητα τῶν πολεμίων καὶ τὴν ἀχρηματίαν πυνθανόμενος καρτερεῖν παρεκάλει τοὺς Ῥωμαίους καὶ μὴ μάχεσθαι πρὸς ἄνθρωπον ἐπʼ αὐτῷ τούτῳ διὰ πολλῶν ἀγώνων ἠσκημένῃ στρατιᾷ χρώμενον, ἀλλὰ τοῖς συμμάχοις ἐπιπέμποντας βοηθείας καὶ τὰς πόλεις διὰ χειρὸς ἔχοντας αὐτὴν ἐᾶν περὶ αὑτῇ μαραίνεσθαι τὴν ἀκμὴν τοῦ Ἀννίβου, καθάπερ φλόγα λάμψασαν ἀπὸ μικρᾶς καὶ κούφης δυνάμεως.But when he learned how few in number the enemy were, and how great was their lack of resources, he exhorted the Romans to bide their time, and not to give battle to a man who wielded an army trained by many contests for this very issue, but to send aid to their allies, to keep their subject cities well in hand, and to suffer the culminating vigour of Hannibal to sink and expire of itself, like a flame that flares up from scant and slight material.
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1. Plutarch, Fabius, 2.4, 2.6-2.7 (1st cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

2.4. The consul, Gaius Flaminius, was daunted by none of these things, for he was a man of a fiery and ambitious nature, and besides, he was elated by great successes which he had won before this, in a manner contrary to all expectation. He had, namely, although the senate dissented from his plan, and his colleague violently opposed it, joined battle with the Gauls and defeated them. Fabius also was less disturbed by the signs and portents, because he thought it would be absurd, although they had great effect upon many.
2. Plutarch, Pericles, 18.1, 22.1 (1st cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

18.1. In his capacity as general, he was famous above all things for his saving caution; he neither undertook of his own accord a battle involving much uncertainty and peril, nor did he envy and imitate those who took great risks, enjoyed brilliant good-fortune, and so were admired as great generals; and he was for ever saying to his fellow-citizens that, so far as lay in his power, they would remain alive forever and be immortals. 22.1. That he was right in seeking to confine the power of the Athenians within lesser Greece, was amply proved by what came to pass. To begin with, the Euboeans revolted, 446. B.C. and he crossed over to the island with a hostile force. Then straightway word was brought to him that the Megarians had gone over to the enemy, and that an army of the enemy was on the confines of Attica under the leadership of Pleistoanax, the king of the Lacedaemonians.


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alexander the great Konig and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 263; König and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 263
caesar Konig and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 263; König and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 263
continuity between late hellenistic and imperial texts Konig and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 263; König and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 263
determinism Konig and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 263; König and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 263
dialogue, between late hellenistic and imperial texts Konig and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 263; König and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 263
fabius maximus Konig and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 263; König and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 263
hannibal Konig and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 263; König and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 263
parallel lives Konig and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 263; König and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 263
pericles Konig and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 263; König and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 263
polybius, and contingency Konig and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 263; König and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 263
sideshadowing Konig and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 263; König and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 263
tyche' König and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 263
tyche Konig and Wiater, Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (2022) 263