Appalled by the state of affairs, realising the greatness and the nearness of the danger… and thinking, as men are apt to think in great crises, that when all had been done they still have something left to do, and when all had been said they have not said enough, again called on the captains one by one… he reminded them of their country, the freest of the free, and of the unfettered discretion allowed to all in it to live as they pleased.

Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War, 7.69.2

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