Sunday, December 22, 2019


One's Own Kind

Mary Renault (1905-1983), The Bull from the Sea (New York: Pantheon Books, 1962), p. 110 (Theseus is the narrator):
To me all Hellenes are kindred of a sort; which is why, in the Hellene lands I have conquered, I have treated all men as my own people and made no serfs. Some kings know nothing beyond the neighbor they are at feud with; for them, you are foreign if you come from ten miles off. But I have been a prisoner where strange gods were served, and what was dear to us was nothing to our masters. It draws one to one's own kind.

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