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Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War, 2.8.4-5

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ἡ δὲ εὔνοια παρὰ πολὺ ἐποίει τῶν ἀνθρώπων μᾶλλον ἐς τοὺς Λακεδαιμονίους, ἄλλως τε καὶ προειπόντων ὅτι τὴν Ἑλλάδα ἐλευθεροῦσιν. ἔρρωτό τε πᾶς καὶ ἰδιώτης καὶ πόλις εἴ τι δύναιτο καὶ λόγῳ καὶ ἔργῳ ξυνεπιλαμβάνειν αὐτοῖς· ἐν τούτῳ τε κεκωλῦσθαι ἐδὸκει ἑκάστῳ τὰ πράγματα ᾧ μή τις αὐτὸς παρέσται. οὑτῶς ἐν ὀργῇ εἶχον οἱ πλείους τοὺς Ἀθηναίους, οἱ μὲν τῆς ἀρχῆς ἀπολυθῆναι βουλόμενοι, οἱ δὲ μὴ ἀρχθῶσι φοβούμενοι.

People’s goodwill was far more on the Spartans’ side, especially as they had proclaimed that they were liberating Greece. Every person and every city was resolved to assist them, in word and deed, in any way possible; each man thought that wherever he could not be present himself, there affairs were being hindered. In such a fashion did the majority feel anger towards the  Athenians: some wished to be freed from their control, while others feared that they might come under their control.

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July 30, 2013 at 12:00 PM

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