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[124] For they administered both the affairs of the state and their own affairs as righteously and honorably as was to be expected of men who were descended from the gods,1 who were the first to found a city and to make use of laws,2 who at all times had practised reverence in relation to the gods and justice in relation to mankind, who were neither of mixed origin nor invaders of a foreign territory but were, on the contrary, alone among the Hellenes,

1 According to to one story it was from the seeds sown by Hephaestus on the soil of Attica that the Athenians were sprung. See Aesch. Eum. 13.

2 See Isoc. 4.39-40 and notes.

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