Herodotus VI: 124


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Greek

ἀλλὰ γὰρ ἴσως τι ἐπιμεμφόμενοι Ἀθηναίων τῷ δήμῳ προεδίδοσαν τὴν πατρίδα. οὐ μὲν ὦν ἦσαν σφέων ἄλλοι δοκιμώτεροι ἔν γε Ἀθηναίοισι ἄνδρες οὐδ᾽ οἳ μᾶλλον ἐτετιμέατο. [2] οὕτω οὐδὲ λόγος αἱρέει ἀναδεχθῆναι ἔκ γε ἂν τούτων ἀσπίδα ἐπὶ τοιούτῳ λόγῳ. ἀνεδέχθη μὲν γὰρ ἀσπίς, καὶ τοῦτο οὐκ ἔστι ἄλλως εἰπεῖν: ἐγένετο γάρ: ὃς μέντοι ἦν ὁ ἀναδέξας, οὐκ ἔχω προσωτέρω εἰπεῖν τούτων.

Translation

Perhaps it may be that they tried to betray their country out of some grudge against the democracy of the Athenians. But there were no other men at Athens more esteemed or more honoured than they. (2) Therefore it does not even make sense that they of all men would have held up the shield for any such a reason. A shield was held up; this cannot be denied, for it happened; but who did hold it up, I do not know, and I can say no more than this.