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Bound To Succeed

Titus, addressing outnumbered Roman soldiers at Tarichaeae, in Palestine:

My own feeling is that at this moment my father is on trial, so am I, and so are you. Does he deserve his past triumphs? Do I deserve to be his son, and you to be my soldiers? With him victory is a habit. I could not bear to return to him defeated; would you not be ashamed if your commander led the way into danger and you failed to follow?

—Josephus, The Jewish War

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