Themistocles Quotes

  • ''I have with me two gods, Persuasion and Compulsion.''
    Themistocles (c. 14-c. 49 B.C.), Athenian statesman. On demanding tribute from the people of Andros; the historian Herodotus described it thus in his Histories, bk. 8: "He had put it to them that they would be unable to avoid paying, because the Athenians had the support of two powerful deities, one called Persuasion and the other Compulsion, and the Andrians replied that Athens was lucky to have two such useful gods, who were obviously responsible for her wealth and greatness; unfortunately, however, they themselves, in their small and inadequate land, had two utterly useless deities, who refused to leave the island ... and their names were Poverty and Inability. With the support of these, no money would be forthcoming." (Trans. by Aubrey de Sélincourt).
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