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How Did Themistocles Demonstrate Leadership in Ancient Athens?

 

When Athenians discovered an unexpected source of wealth, their leader—Themistocles—insisted that the funds from the sale of silver had to be used for building-up Athens' defense. Instead of spending their income on “things,” the Athenians spent it to protect themselves. 

How hard is it to use unexpected money to plan for the future instead of spending for today? Explain your answer.


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