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The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides. An early paragraph.


Active member
Nov 21, 2018
Washington Island, WISCONSIN. Out in Lake Michigan
Chapter One, sixth paragraph.

“[ ... ]And even at the present day many of Hellas still follow the old fashion,
the Ozolian Locrians for instance, the Aetolians, the Acarnanians, and
that region of the continent; and the custom of carrying arms is still
kept up among these continentals
, from the old piratical habits.
The whole of Hellas used once to carry arms, their habitations being
unprotected and their communication with each other unsafe; indeed,
to wear arms was as much a part of everyday life with them as with the
barbarians. And the fact that the people in these parts of Hellas are
still living in the old way points to a time when the same mode of life
was once equally common to all. The Athenians were the first to lay
aside their weapons, and to adopt an easier and more luxurious mode of
life; indeed, it is only lately that their rich old men left off the
luxury of wearing undergarments of linen, and fastening a knot of their
hair with a tie of golden grasshoppers, a fashion which spread to
their Ionian kindred and long prevailed among the old men there.
[ ... ]”



Regular Member
Aug 22, 2013
here nc
Oh so long ago spears, javelins, and bows were the weapons of chose carried by warriors of the era mentioned.