Summary (Masterplots, Definitive Revised Edition)
The people of Syracuse suffered from too much success. Years of wealth and easy living had made them soft, self-indulgent, and indifferent to the act of government. Now, under the threat of war with Carthage, they called upon Timoleon, the great Corinthian general.
When Timoleon arrived in Syracuse, he admonished the citizenry, especially the rich and the powerful, for slothful habits and lack of public spirit. Strict obedience to his commands he made a condition for his help. The people enthusiastically approved of his leadership—until he gave his first command. When he ordered that private money be confiscated, there was great lamentation. But the complaints were silenced by Cleora, daughter of the Praetor of Syracuse, who made an impassioned appeal to their sense of honor and patriotism. Timoleon next turned his attention to the formation of an army. To his disgust, they suggested that slaves and laborers be used to fill the ranks. A second appeal by Cleora, however, inspired the men to volunteer their services. An army was formed to take immediate action against the Carthaginians.
Among the most eager to go to war was Leosthenes, who saw in martial glory a chance to win the hand of Cleora. She had encouraged his suit, but her father, Archidamus, had prevented their marriage. At their parting, Leosthenes expressed his love for her and also revealed his fear that during his absence she would not remain chaste. With her father, her brother,...
(The entire section is 1195 words.)
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