Thucydides (c. 460-400 BCE)

“In all relations with one’s neighbours freedom is the result of being able to hold one’s own, and as for these neighbours, who, not content with those close to them, are trying to spread their dominion far and wide, with them we must simply fight it out to the last.”

  • History of the Peloponnesian War (Book IV, section 92) by Thucydides, translated by Rex Warner (Penguin Classics, 1972). The quote comes from a speech that Thucydides wrote while in the character of Pagondus.

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