Monday, March 14, 2005


For Those Who Died in Battle

An inscription quoted by Demosthenes, On the Crown 289 (tr. J.D. Edmonds):
Far from their country these drew sword and put to rout the pride of the foe; aye, standing their trial for valour or cowardice, hoarded not their lives but made Death their impartial umpire, that the Greeks might not wear the yoke of slavery and have hated tyranny on either hand.
Simonides of Ceos, fragment 9 (tr. J. W. Mackail):
These men having set a crown of imperishable glory on their own land were folded in the dark cloud of death; yet being dead they have not died, since from on high their excellence raises them gloriously out of the house of Hades.

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