The absence of romance in my history will, I fear, detract somewhat from
its interest;but if it be judged useful by those inquirers who desire an exact knowledge
of the past as an aid to the interpretation of the future, which in the
course of human things must resemble if it does not reflect it, I shall be
content.In fine, I have written my work, not as an essay which is to win the
applause of the moment, but as a possession for all time.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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