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October 11, 2011

The Athenian Oath

I will never bring reproach upon my hallowed arms nor will I desert the comrade at whose side I stand, but I will defend our altars and our hearths, single-handed or supported by many.

My native land I will not leave a diminished heritage but greater and better than when I received it. I will obey whoever is in authority and submit to the established laws and all others, which the people shall harmoniously enact.

If anyone tries to overthrow the Constitution or disobeys it, I will not permit him, but will come to its defense single-handed or with the support of all. -The Athenian Oath (Classical Journal, Vol. 13, No. 7, April 1918)

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Posted by Vanderleun at October 11, 2011 10:41 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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