“O Greeks, the occasion of our preservation for which you are assembled and the land in which you have been deployed are both truly fitting to evoke the memory of virtuous deeds,” Marianus’ speech to his troops reads, as translated from the fragment. “For your ancestors, fighting in this place in former times, did not let Greece down and deprive it of its free state.
“In previous attacks, you seemed terrifying to the enemies,” said Marianus. “On account of these things, future events do not appear to me not without hope …”
Speeches have grown less sophisticated over time.
Notice there is a big drop just after the formation of of the Federal Reserve 🙂