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Unfortunately, the friendship of Frederick and Voltaire did not flourish; both could be difficult  individuals in their respective ways. Voltaire was offended by elements in the king's personal life and  found him to be particularly arrogant. What ultimately led to the break in their relationship, however,  was Voltaire's attack upon the president of Frederick's cherished Academy of Science. Entitled the  Diatribe du Doctor Akakia,  it was published without permission, and despite his assurance that all  copies would be destroyed, Voltaire took malicious pleasure in seeing to it that the work circulated.  As a result, he suffered the indignity of being arrested at Frankfort and having his baggage searched.  No longer could he stay in Germany under the patronage of the man whom he had once eulogized  as a Horace, a Catullus, a Maecenas, a Socrates, as Augustus and as the Solomon of the North. Aware that he would not be welcome back in Paris, especially because his sojourn in Germany was  looked upon as an insult to his fellow countrymen, Voltaire took up residence in Geneva, where in 
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.

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