Thucydides, 3.82 2-3


“Once it sweeps away daily abundance, war is a violent teacher: it makes the passions of most men equal to present need.”


ὁ δὲ πόλεμος ὑφελὼν τὴν εὐπορίαν τοῦ καθ’ ἡμέραν βίαιος διδάσκαλος καὶ πρὸς τὰ

παρόντα τὰς ὀργὰς τῶν πολλῶν ὁμοιοῖ.


So Thucydides says in recording the civil strife at Corcyra in 427 BCE.

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