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And now pass on in imagination to the Stoa Poecile1; for the memorials of all our noble deeds stand dedicated in the Agora. What is it then, fellow citizens, to which I refer? The battle of Marathon is pictured there. Who then was the general? If you were asked this question you would all answer, “Miltiades.” But his name is not written there. Why? Did he not ask for this reward? He did ask, but the people refused it; and instead of his name they permitted that he should be painted in the front rank, urging on his men.
1 The “Painted Colonnade,” probably on the eastern side of the Agora, was decorated with frescoes by some of the greatest painters, depicting famous battle, and victories in the history of the city.
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