Yikes! I am tagged by LivingSword!
This is the "page 161 tag", where we quote a complete sentence from page 161 of something we are reading. Thus, from "The Rise and Fall of Alexandria", we have: "But if Ptolemy thought that assassinating Caesar's enemy would make him Caesar's friend, or that it would encourage the Romans to fight their civil wars elsewhere, he had seriously misunderstood Roman politics."
As with Livingsword's quote from "The Rise and Fall of the British Empire", this is about leadership, but it is much more cynical. Caesar chased Pompey to Alexandria, and Ptolemy, the King of Alexandria, killed Pompey thinking he would gain some favors with the Romans. Instead, Ptolemy provided a pretext for invasion to the Romans. Is there an application to church leadership?
Don't know many to tag, but here are some new victims: