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History: every vote counts May 25, 2009

Posted by lifejacket in Comment & Opinion.

Callimachus, it is up to you, right now, to enslave Athens or to make it free … Right now, Athens is in the most perilous moment of its history … Now, I’ll tell you just how this is possible, how it is up to you – and only you – to determine the course of events. We ten generals are split right in two, with half saying fight and the other half not. If we don’t fight now, I’m afraid that a storm of civil strife will so shake the timber of the Athenian people that they will go over to the Medes. But if we fight now, before the cracks can show in some of the Athenians … why then we can survive this battle. All this depends on you. It hangs on your decision – now. If you vote with me, your country will be free and your city will be first in all of Hellas, but if you choose the side of those who urge us not to fight, then the opposite of all the good I’ve spoken of will fall to you.

General Miltiades, Marathon, 490BC; quoted by Herodotus, The Histories 6.109; Blanco 1992.



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