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CHAP. V.: Gelon, King of Syracuse. - Charles Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu, Complete Works, vol. 1 The Spirit of Laws 
The Complete Works of M. de Montesquieu (London: T. Evans, 1777), 4 vols. Vol. 1.
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Gelon, King of Syracuse.
THE noblest treaty of peace ever mentioned in history is, in my opinion, that which Gelon made with the Carthaginians. He insisted upon their abolishing the custom of sacrificing their children‡ . Glorious indeed! After having defeated three hundred thousand Carthaginians, he required a condition that was advantageous only to themselves; or, rather, he stipulated in favour of human nature.
The Bactrians exposed their aged fathers to be devoured by large mastiffs: a custom suppressed by Alexander∥ , whereby he obtained a signal triumph over superstition.
[‡ ]See M. Barbeyrac’s collection, art. 112.
[∥ ]Strabo, lib. 2.