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Thucydides
Greek historian
(c. 455 - c. 400 BC)



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Thucydides, an Athenian, wrote the history of the war between the Peloponnesians and the Athenians, beginning at the moment that it broke out, and believing that it would be a great war, and more worthy of relation than any that had proceeded it.
-- History of the Peloponnesian War, bk. 1, ch. 1

But as the power of Hellas grew, and the acquisition of wealth became more an objective, the revenues of the states increasing, tyrannies were established almost everywhere...
-- History of the Peloponnesian War, bk. 1, ch. 1

So little pains do the vulgar take in the investigation of truth, accepting readily the first story that comes to hand.
-- History of the Peloponnesian War, bk. 1, ch. 1

On the whole, however, the conclusions I have drawn from the proofs quoted may, I believe, safely be relied on.
-- History of the Peloponnesian War, bk. 1, ch. 1

So little pains do the vulgar take in the investigation of truth, accepting readily the first story that comes to hand.
-- History of the Peloponnesian War, bk. 1, ch. 21

I have written my work, not as an essay which is to win the applause of a moment, but as a possession of all time.
-- History of the Peloponnesian War, bk. 1, ch. 22

When one is deprived of one's liberty, one is right in blaming not so much the man who puts the shackles on as the one who had the power to prevent him, but did not use it.
-- History of the Peloponnesian War, bk. 1, ch. 69


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