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Moreover, she has established her polity in general in such a spirit of welcome to strangers1 and friendliness2 to all men, that it adapts itself both to those who lack means and to those who wish to enjoy the means which they possess, and that it fails to be of service neither to those who are prosperous nor to those who are unfortunate in their own cities; nay, both classes find with us what they desire, the former the most delightful pastimes, the latter the securest refuge.

1 Thucydides in Pericles' funeral oration emphasizes the open hospitality of Athens to foreigners and strangers, Thuc. 2.39.1.

2 The word οἰκείως suggests μέτοικοι, the foreign residents, who numbered about one-third of the free population of Athens.

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