OXI Day – The Laconic Legacy of Liberty

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“ὦ ξεῖν’, ἀγγέλλειν Λακεδαιμονίοις ὅτι τῇδε κείμεθα τοῖς κείνων ῥήμασι πειθόμενοι”

The above translates word for word as, “O stranger, announce to the Lacedemonians that here/ We lie, obedient to their words [or laws].” On October 28th, 1940, the Italian Ambassador to Greece delivered an ultimatum from Benito Mussolini to Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas, demanding free entrance, passage, and occupation by the Italian army. Metaxas replied, “Alors, c’est la guerre” – “Then, it is war”, which was quickly celebrated as a …

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