The Revolt of the Comneni part 8

Alexius took him into his mother and brother; and after giving ear to his abominable news, they judged it necessary to execute the plan they had kept secret so long, and with God’s help to compass their own safety. When, after the morrow, the Domestic had heard that the army had occupied Tzouroulus (this is a little town lying Thrace-wards) he went in the first watch of the night to Pacurianus and related everything to him – this man was “small indeed in stature, but a mighty warrior,” [Iliad 5:801] as the poet says, and descended from a noble Armenian family.

To him Alexius related the slaves’ anger and envy, and their long manoeuvres against them and their immediate intention of blinding them. “But,” he continued, “we cannot suffer these things as if we were captives, but we will die, if need be, after fighting bravely; for this is the prerogative of high-souled men.” Pacurianus listened to it all and seeing that such circumstances admitted of no delay, but that some drastic step must be taken at once, said, ” If when to-morrow’s dawn breaks, you leave this city I will follow you and fight willingly on your side.

Providence raised Alexius

But if you put it off to the next day, then be assured that without the slightest delay I shall go straight to the Emperor and denounce you and your followers.” To which Alexius replied, “as I see that you really care for my safety, which is undoubtedly the work of God, I shall not reject your counsel, only let us mutually secure ourselves by oath.” Thereupon they exchanged assurances with oaths to the effect that if Providence raised Alexius to the Imperial throne, he should raise Pacurianus to the rank of Domestic which he himself held in the meantime.

Taking leave of Pacurianus he hurried thence to another man, also “full of warlike frenzy,” namely Hubertopoulus, told him of his own intentions and put before him the reason why he had decided to escape, and invited him to join him. Hubertopoulus immediately agreed, and added, “You always find me courageous, but more especially so when I am braving danger on your behalf.” The reason above all others why these men were devoted to Alexius was that he outshone others in courage and intelligence; but they also loved him because he was exceptionally generous and very ready to give, although he had not a great abundance of money.

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