Thucydides (speaking as Pericles)


Thucydides (c. 460-400 BCE)

“Our constitution is called a democracy because power is in the hands not of a minority but of the whole people.”

  • From a speech attributed to Pericles in the History of the Peloponnesian War (Book II, section 37) by Thucydides, translated by Rex Warner (Penguin Classics, 1972).

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