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1818. Excerpt: ... left Athens to become habituated to his new
institutions, and to try by experience the wisdom of their
formation. While Solon was thus on his travels, civil contentions
disturbed Athens, and the spirit of party was hastening every thing
to ruin. After ten years' absence, Solon returned to Athens, and
found the city involved in slavery. Pisistratus had procured
himself a guard formed of his own creatures, who at length seized
on the citadel, while none were left, who had sufficient courage or
conduct to oppose him. In this general consternation, which was the
result of folly on the one hand, and treachery on the other, the
whole city was one scene of tumult and disorder, some flying,
others inwardly complaining, others preparing for slavery with
patient submission. Solon was the only man, who, without fear or
shrinking, deplored the folly of the times, and reproached the
Athenians with their cowardice and treachery. ' You might with ease
(said he) have crushed the tyrant in his bud, but nothing now
remains but to pluck him up by the roots. As for myself, I have at
least the satisfaction of having discharged my duty to my country
and the laws: as for the rest, I have nothing to fear; and now,
upon the destruction of my country, my only confidence is in my
great age, which gives me the hopes of not being a long survivor."
In fact, he did not survive the liberty of his country above two
years i he died at Cyprus, in the eightieth year of his age,
lamented and admired by every state of Greece. Besides his skill in
legislation, Solon was remarkable for several other shining
qualities: he was master of eloquence in so high a degree, that
from him Cicero dates the origin of oratory in Athens. He was also
successful in poetry; and Plato asserts, that it was only ...
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