Thucydides (c. 460-400 BCE)

“One does not only defend oneself against a superior power when one is attacked; one takes measures in advance to prevent the attack materializing.”

  • From a speech attributed to Alcibiades (c. 450-404 BCE) in the History of the Peloponnesian War (Book VI, section 18) by Thucydides, translated by Rex Warner (Penguin Classics, 1972).

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