The words to be pronounced above this grave, a tribute to Leosthenes the general and the others who have perished with him in the war, for the courage they have shown, have as their witness time itself . . .1 nor better men than these now dead nor more resplendent actions. Indeed my greatest doubt today is lest my speech may prove unworthy of their exploits.

1 The missing words were restored by Sudhaus so as to give the following sense: “. . . time itself which holds the record of their deeds. For no man known during the history of the world has seen in any land a nobler choice than this or better men, etc.”

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