Continence of a Scipio

It is said that a beautiful princess fell into the hands of Scipio Africanus, and he refused to see her, “lest he should be tempted to forget his principles.” The same is said of Cyrus (see Panthea), of Anson (see Theresa ), and of Alexander.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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