His treatment of Aratus and Philopoemen, the heroes of the Achaean League, and of Cleomenes of Sparta, its most constant enemy, is perhaps open to severer criticism.
A severer and more exclusive type of monasticism succeeded this primitive one, but apart from the separation of the sexes the general character never entirely changed.
Hardly was the affair of Caroli settled, when new and severer trials came upon the Genevan Reformers.
Or again Xenophon says "one would not err in thinking that this city is placed near the centre of Greece - nay, of the civilized world - because, the farther removed persons are from it, the severer is the cold or heat they meet with" (Vectigal.
These prisoners do not seem to have felt any of the severer pangs of hunger, for they were not tempted to eat their candles.