Friday, June 10, 2022


Fighting for One's Native Land

Herodian 8.6.6 (tr. Edward C. Echols):
But those who fight for their native land can look for greater favor from the gods because they do not pray for help in seizing the property of others, but ask only to be allowed to retain in safety what is already theirs. They show an enthusiasm for battle which results not from the orders of another but from their own inner compulsion, since all the fruits of victory belong to them and them alone.

τοῖς δὲ ὑπὲρ τῆς πατρίδος μαχομένοις καὶ παρὰ τῶν θεῶν ἐλπίδες κρείττους, ἐπειδὴ οὐ τὰ ἄλλων λαβεῖν ἀλλὰ τὰ αὑτῶν σώζειν εὔχονται. τό τε ἐς τὰς μάχας πρόθυμον οὐκ ἐξ ἄλλου κελεύσεως ἀλλ' ἐξ οἰκείας ἀνάγκης ἔχουσιν, ἐπεὶ καὶ τῆς νίκης πᾶς ὁ καρπὸς αὐτοῖς περιγίνεται.

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