„Greek culture was competitive. Each successive historian and philosopher made a point of showing how he improved on his predecessor.“

—  Jasper Griffin, The Oxford History of the Classical World (with John Boardman and Oswyn Murray, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986) P.5
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