Home » Stories from Greek History [Illustrated] by Ethelwyn Lemon
Stories from Greek History [Illustrated] Ethelwyn Lemon

Stories from Greek History [Illustrated]

Ethelwyn Lemon

Published August 27th 2015
ISBN :
Kindle Edition
82 pages
Enter the sum

 About the Book 

Long, long ago, more than six hundred years before the time of Christ, the Greek city of Athens had gone to war with Megara to get possession of the island of Salamis.The war had lasted so long that every one was tired of it- the poorer men, becauseMoreLong, long ago, more than six hundred years before the time of Christ, the Greek city of Athens had gone to war with Megara to get possession of the island of Salamis.The war had lasted so long that every one was tired of it- the poorer men, because they had to leave their farms for their wives and children to manage as best they could- and the richer ones, because they had to fight and endure hardships instead of amusing themselves, and living at their ease at home, as they did when there was peace. So they all agreed to let Megara have Salamis, and passed a law that no one was ever to say that Salamis should by right belong to Athens, or he would be put to death. This was a very cowardly law, but as no one wanted to be put to death, no one dared to say a word against it for some time.But one day a great noise was heard in the market-place of Athens, and every one ran out of doors to see what was the matter. A handsome young man was shouting at the top of his voice, mid waving his arms about, like one that was mad. He was wearing a cap, which none but sick men wore in those days. And many whispered, Who is he? And others answered, Hush! listen to him- he has gone mad, but he is talking words of wisdom. Ay, said another, for he is telling us to get back Salamis. Poor fellow, it is young Solon, the poet, whose father wasted all his money. I hope they will not punish him for this with death.But Solon, the poor nobleman, was only pretending to be mad. He thought it a disgrace for Athens to lose Salamis, and chose this way of saying so. And the people were so moved by his words, even though they were the words of a madman (as they thought), that they decided to fight again. They chose Solon as general, and he won back Salamis for them...