previous next
[44] on the contrary, although we seek to rule over all men, we are not willing to take the field ourselves,1 and although we undertake to wage war upon, one might almost say, the whole world,2 we do not train ourselves for war but employ instead vagabonds, deserters, and fugitives who have thronged together here in consequence of other misdemeanors,3 who, whenever others offer them higher pay, will follow their leadership against us.4

1 The same complaint is repeatedly made by Demosthenes in the Philippics and the Olynthiacs.

2 Between 363-355 B.C. Athens made war on Alexander of Thessaly, King Cotys in the Thracian Chersonnese, Amphipolis, Euboea, Chios, Byzantium, and Potidaea—to mention only the chief campaigns.

3 See Introduction to the Panegyricus, Vol. I. p. 117.

4 The Athenian general Chares with his mercenary troops actually enlisted during the Social War in the service of the Persian Satrap Artabazus, who paid them well. See Isoc. 7.8, note; Dem. 4.24.

load focus Greek (George Norlin)
hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Sort places alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a place to search for it in this document.
Thessaly (Greece) (1)
Euboea (Greece) (1)
Byzantium (Turkey) (1)
Amphipolis (Greece) (1)

Download Pleiades ancient places geospacial dataset for this text.

hide References (10 total)
  • Cross-references to this page (2):
    • Raphael Kühner, Bernhard Gerth, Ausführliche Grammatik der griechischen Sprache, KG 3.2.3
    • William Watson Goodwin, Syntax of the Moods and Tenses of the Greek Verb, Chapter V
  • Cross-references in notes to this page (5):
  • Cross-references in notes from this page (2):
    • Demosthenes, Philippic 1, 24
    • Isocrates, Areopagiticus, 8
  • Cross-references in general dictionaries to this page (1):
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: