Holy shadows of the dead, I’m not to blame for your cruel and bitter fate, but the accursed rivalry which brought sister nations and brother people, to fight one another. I do not feel happy for this victory of mine. On the contrary, I would be glad, brothers, if I had all of you standing here next to me, since we are united by the same language, the same blood and the same visions. Alexander King of Macedonia
The passage, is the speech of Alexander the Great, after the battle of Chaeronea, and the victory of the Macedonians and their allies against the Thebeans and Athenians during this Greek Civil War. This victory established the Hellenic alliance of all the city-states, except for Sparta, against Persia, and proved that the the Macedonian State was the prevailing one amongst the other Greek states.