Polyainos, Strategems 4.6.2

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While Philip was trying his strength with Menagetes in wrestling: the soldiers around were clamorous for their pay; in which he was much in arrears to them, and had not wherewith at the present to make it good. Dropping with sweat, and covered as he was with dust, he ran up to them with a laugh; “You are right,” said he, “my dear lads; and I have been perfuming [1] myself with that barbarian, in order to pay my respects to you, for the credit you have been so obliging as to give me.” Having thus said, he ran through the midst of them, and plunged into a fish pond. The Macedonians laughed at the humour of the prince: who continued amusing himself in the water, till the soldiers were tired out with the neglect he paid to their remonstrances, and went away. In his hours of gaiety Philip often used to mention this device, by which he had with a stroke of buffoonery got rid of demands, that no arguments could have reasoned away.


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