Cities are praised after the same fashion as men.
The founder takes the place of the parent, and antiquity carries great authority, as for instance in the
case of those whose inhabitants are said to be sprung
from the soil. The virtues and vices revealed by
their deeds are the same as in private individuals.
The advantages arising from site or fortifications are
however peculiar to cities. Their citizens enhance
their fame just as children bring honour to their