Nov 10, 2011
You're an Hellene...Rise!
"Εἶσ' Ἕλληνας; Τί προσκυνᾶς; Σηκώσου ἀπάνω! Ἐμεῖς καὶ στοὺς θεοὺς ὀρθοὶ μιλοῦμε..."
You're an Hellene [i.e.a Greek]. Why are you bowing down? Rise! We even talk to the Gods standing up...
The quote is attributed to Alexander the Great of Greek Macedon, talking to his soldiers, but also to Greek National Revolution hero Theodoros Kolokotronis. Showing a continuation of the same spirit.
Somehow subservience is the least Greek trait of them all. Even if it means there are consequences. Especially when there are consequences.
Bust of Alexander the Great from the British Museum, via wikimedia commons