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Lovers of Beauty with Economy – “The Greek Way” – Edith Hamilton

February 9th, 2012 · No Comments · Criticism, Culture, Quotes, War, Writing

We are lovers of beauty with economy, said Pericles. Words were to be used sparingly like everything else. Thucydides gives in a single sentence the fate of those brilliant youths who, pledging the sea in wine from golden goblets, sailed away to conquer Sicily and slowly died in the quarries of Syracuse: “Having done what men could, they suffered what men must.” One sentence only for their glory and their anguish.

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