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Lycurgus, Against Leocrates, section 109 (search)
And so over their graves a testimony to their courage can be seen, faithfully engraved for every Greek to read: to the Spartans:Go tell the Spartans, thou who passest by,That here obedient to their laws we lie.SimonidesAnd to your ancestors:Athenians, guarding Greece, subdued in fightAt Marathon the gilded Persians' might.Both epigrams are by Simonides of Ceos (c. 560-470 B.C.). The well-known version of the first given here is that of W. L. Bowles, which has been somewhat modified in the Oxford Book of Greek Verse in Translation(no. 212). Strabo, who quotes the original (Strab. 9.4.), agrees with the wording given by Lycurgus, except that for the first three words he has: w)= ce/n' a)pa/ggeilon. Herodotus (Hdt. 7.228) has a slightly different version:w)= cei=n' a)gge/llein *lakedaimoni/ois, o(/ti th=|de kei/meqa toi=s kei/wn r(h/masi peiqo/menoii. 42):Dic, hospes, Spartae nos te hic vidisse iacentesdum sanctis patriae legibus obs