Thucydides, an Athenian aristocrat and historian, wrote his history of the Peloponnesian Wars at the time that the war took place. As an exile, he interviewed and investigated from afar, but also added his own criticisms to the text. This quotation is drawn from Pericles' Funeral Oration, which Thucydides includes to remark upon the greatness of his fellow countrymen. This saying is inscribed upon the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Athens, where it continues to serve as a patriotic reminder to Greece of its heritage.
John B. King, St. Paul's School, 2001