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[75] However highly Themistocles, for example, may1 be extolled—and deservedly—and however much more illustrious his name may be than Solon's, and however much Salamis may be cited as witness of his most glorious victory—a victory glorified above Solon's statesmanship in instituting the Areopagus —yet Solon's achievement is not to be accounted less illustrious than his. For Themistocles's victory served the state once and only once; while Solon's work will be of service for ever. For through his legislation the laws of the Athenians and the institutions of their fathers are maintained. And while Themistocles could not readily point to any instance in which he himself had rendered assistance to the Areopagus, the Areopagus might with justice assert that Themistocles had received assistance from it; for the war was directed by the counsels of that senate which Solon had created.

1 Themistocles vs. Solon.

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    • M. Tullius Cicero, De Officiis: index, Areopagus
    • M. Tullius Cicero, De Officiis: index, Athenians
    • M. Tullius Cicero, De Officiis: index, Salamis
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