16.Thus for a long time the ancient Athenians enjoyed a country life in self-governing
communities; and although they were now united in a single city, they and their
descendants, down to the time of this war, from old habit generally resided with their
households in the country where they had been born.For this reason, and also because they had recently restored their country-houses and
estates after the Persian War, they had a disinclination to move.
They were depressed at the thought of forsaking their homes and the temples which had
come down to them from their fathers and were the abiding memorials of their early
constitution.They were going to change their manner of life, and in leaving their villages were in
fact each of them going into exile.
Thucydides translated into English; with introduction, marginal analysis, notes, and indices. Volume 1. Thucydides. Benjamin Jowett. translator. Oxford. Clarendon Press. 1881.
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