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Libanios, Orations 30.9-10

“Temples are the soul of the countryside: they mark the beginning of its settlement, and have been passed down through many generations to the men of today. In them the farming communities rest their hopes for husbands, wives, children, for their oxen and the soil they grow and plant. An estate that has suffered a temple’s deliberate demolition has lost the inspiration of the peasantry together with their hopes, for they believe that their labor will be in vain once they are robbed of the gods who direct their labors to their due end.” – Libanios, Orations 30.9-10

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