‘Lacedaemonians and allies, the
rule established among the Hellenes is not unknown to us.Those who revolt in war and forsake their former confederacy are favorably
regarded by those who receive them, in so far as they are of use to them,
but otherwise are thought less well of, through being considered traitors to
their former friends.
Nor is this an unfair way of judging, where the rebels and the power from
whom they secede are at one in policy and sympathy, and a match for each
other in resources and power, and where no reasonable ground exists for the
rebellion.But with us and the Athenians this was not the case;
and no one need think the worse of us for revolting from them in danger,
after having been honored by them in time of peace.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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