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Aeschines: Peace does not feed laziness

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Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

Greek and Roman writers on war and peace

Aeschines: Following a policy of war after war; war, the destroyer of popular government

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Aeschines
From On the Embassy
Translated by Charles Darwin Adams

What decree have I proposed, what law have I repealed, what law have I kept from being passed, what covenant have I made in the name of the city, what vote as to the peace have I annulled, what have I added to the terms of of peace that you did not vote? The peace failed to please some of our public men. Then ought they not to have opposed it at the time, instead of putting me on trial now? Certain men who were getting rich out of the war from your war-taxes and the revenues of the state, have now been stopped; for peace does not feed laziness. Shall those, then, who are not wronged but are themselves wronging the city, punish the man who was the sponsor for peace…?

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