68.‘What need I, sirs, to make a long exhortation when this battle is the thing for which we all came hither?For in my opinion, the present preparation is more able to give you encouragement than any oration how well soever made, if with a weak army.
For where we are together, Argives, Mantineans, Athenians, and the best of the islanders, how can we choose among so many and good confederates, but conceive great hope of the victory;especially against tag and rag, and not chosen men, as we are ourselves, and against Sicilians, who though they contemn us, cannot stand against us, their skill not being answerable to their courage?
It must be remembered also that we be far from our own and not near to any amicable territory but such as we shall acquire by the sword.My exhortation to you, I am certain, is contrary to that of the enemy.For they say to theirs, 'You are to fight for your country.'I say to you, You are to fight out of your country, where you must either get the victory, or not easily get away;for many horsemen will be upon us.
Remember therefore every man his own worth, and charge valiantly;and think the present necessity and strait we are in to be more formidable than the enemy.’
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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