36."I will begin at our ancestors;being a thing both just and honest that to them first be given the honour of remembrance in this kind.For they, having been always the inhabitants of this region, by their valour have delivered the same to succession of posterity hitherto in the state of liberty.
For which they deserve commendation, but our fathers deserve yet more;for that besides what descended on them, not without great labour of their own they have purchased this our present dominion and delivered the same over to us that now are.
Which in a great part also we ourselves that are yet in the strength of our age here present have enlarged and so furnished the city with everything, both for peace and war, as it is now all-sufficient in itself.
The actions of war whereby all this was attained and the deeds of arms both of ourselves and our fathers in valiant opposition to the barbarians or Grecians in their wars against us, amongst you that are well acquainted with the sum, to avoid prolixity I will pass over.But by what institutions we arrived at this, by what form of government and by what means we have advanced the state to this greatness, when I shall have laid open this, I shall then descend to these men's praises.For I think they are things both fit for the purpose in hand and profitable to the whole company, both of citizens and strangers, to hear related.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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