Thucydides’ History Book 2: The Funeral Oration

Chapter 46

“As for words, I have spoken them according to custom as much as is fitting, and as for deeds, these men now buried have been adorned all this, and also that wherein the city shall rear their children henceforth at public expense until they are of age, having added this beneficial crown for these men here and for those who survived these contests ; for the greatest victory-prizes of virtue are laid by those for whom also the best men govern. And you who have lamented your sorrows for whom belongs to each, may now depart.” This is how the burial happened in that winter, and when it had passed, the first year of the war was over.

Thus ends the funeral oration. 

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