Montesquieu
 

XI.10 The manner of thinking of the other political thinkers

To tem­per the govern­ment of one man alone, Arribas,1 king of Epirus, ima­gi­ned only a repu­blic. The Molossians, not kno­wing how to limit the same power, made two kings2 : they the­reby wea­ke­ned the state more than the com­mand : they wan­ted rivals and they had ene­mies.

Two kings were tole­ra­ble only in Lacedæmon ; it was not they who sha­ped the cons­ti­tu­tion, but they were a part of the cons­ti­tu­tion.

Aristotle, Politics, book V, ch. ix.

Aristotle, Politics, book III, ch. xiv.