Governments, thieves, scientists, treasurer hunters, historians and despots of all kinds would crave his skill.
Having devoted much time to the study of the Latin writers, historians, orators and poets, and filled his mind with stories of the glories and the power of ancient Rome, he turned his thoughts to the task of restoring his native city to its pristine greatness, his zeal for this work being quickened by the desire to avenge his brother, who had been killed by a noble, a member of the ruling class.
This latter sense has been adapted and extended by modern historians concerned with the frontiers of the Roman Empire.
The Bohemian historian, Palacky, fifty years ago thoroughly disproved this accusation, and, though it has recently been revived by German historians, it must undoubtedly be considered as a calumny.
The later eminence of Pericles has probably misled historians into exaggerating his influence at this time.
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