201 - Solon

201 - Solon - SOLON (Verse) Athens' own people, for the...

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SOLON (Verse) Athens' own people, for the sake of money, are determined to ruin this great city by their foolishness. The leaders of the common people have an unjust mind. They are bound to suffer terribly because of their outrageous behavior…. They steal right and left with no respect for possessions sacred or profane. They have no respect for the awesome foundations of Justice, who is perfectly aware in her silence of what is and what has been, and who someday comes to pay back injustices. This is a wound that inevitably comes to every city. And when it comes, the city falls into slavery. And that rouses strife and awakens slumbering War, which destroys the lovely prime of so many men.… These are the kind of terrible things that are occurring among the plain people. Many of the poor are being sent off to foreign lands as slaves. And there, in shameful chains they are forced to do the work of slaves. This is what my heart tells me to tell the people of Athens: that just as bad government produces
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