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8. On neither side were there any mean thoughts; they were both full of enthusiasm: and no1 wonder, for all men are energetic when they are making a beginning. At that time the youth of Peloponnesus and the youth of Athens were numerous; [2] they had never seen war, and were therefore very willing to take up arms. [3] All Hellas was excited by the coming conflict between her two chief cities. Many were the prophecies circulated and many the oracles chanted by diviners, not only in the cities about to engage in the struggle, but throughout Hellas. [4] Quite recently the island of Delos had been shaken by an earthquake for the first time within the memory of the Hellenes; [5] this was interpreted and generally believed to be a sign of coming events. And everything of the sort which occurred was curiously noted.

1 Excitement and enthusiasm in Hellas.

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