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Cornelius Nepos

VIII. Thrasybulus

1. Thrasybulus, Lyci filius, Atheniensis. Si per se virtus sine fortuna ponderanda sit, dubito an hunc primum omnium ponam; illud sine dubio: neminem huic praefero fide, constantia, magnitudine animi, in 2patriam amore. Nam quod multi voluerunt paucique potuerunt ab uno tyranno patriam liberare, huic contigit ut a triginta oppressam tyrannis e servitute

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VIII. Thrasybulus

VIII. Thrasybulus

1. Thrasybulus, the Athenian, son of Lycus. If merit were to be estimated absolutely, without reference to fortune, I rather think that I should rank this man first of all. Thus much is certain: I put no one above him in sense of honour, in steadfastness, in greatness of soul and in love of country. For while many have wished, and a few have been able, to free their country from a single tyrant, it was his good fortune to restore his native land from slavery to freedom when it was under the heel of

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.cornelius_nepos-book_great_generals_foreign_nations_thrasybulus.1929