Suicide by Dorian

In a war between Athens and the Dorians of the Peloponnesus, the Delphic Oracle proclaimed that the Athenians would have victory, if their king was slain by the Peloponnesians.  Hearing of this prediction, the Peloponnesians gave word to every man in their army not to harm Codrus, King of Athens.  Codrus, however, had other plans.  He dressed himself as a wood-cutter and made his way towards the enemy army, where he came across some soldiers, and picked a fight with them, wounding some with his axe, until they slew him in annoyance.  The Athenians then dispatched a herald to the enemy camp, requesting the body of their slain king.  When they realized what they had done, the Peloponneisans retreated, leaving Athens victorious, in fear of the Oracle’s words.

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