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[24] for at one and the same time their spirits were separated from their dear bodies and the self-esteem of Greece was taken from her. We shall therefore seem guilty perhaps of a bold exaggeration, but still it must be uttered: for just as, if the light of day were removed out of this universe of ours,1 all the remnant of life would be harsh and irksome, so, now that these men have been taken from us, all the old-time ambition of the Greeks is sunk in gloom and profound obscurity.

1 Kennedy quotes Cicero De Amic. 13.47 “solem enim e mundo tollere videntur qui amicitiam e vita tollunt.” According to Aristot. Rh. 1.7 and Aristot. 3.10, Pericles had once said in a funeral speech it was “as if the spring had been taken out of the year.”

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