If the days were filled with flattery, the nights were filled with emptiness.
In the face of such flattery, how could I resist?
Whatever part vanity or the flattery of courtiers may have played with others, or with Alexander, it is significant that the dynasties of Alexander's various successors all claim divine honours of some sort (see Ptolemies, Seleucid Dynasty, &c.).
(2) If, however, the worshipper place his god on a level with himself, so far at any rate as to make him to some extent dependent on the service man contracts to render him, then genuine prayer tends to be replaced by a mere bargaining, often conjoined with flattery and with insincere promises.
Their ambition is to rank as a civilized state, and the flattery lavished on them by their teachers has spoiled them.