From the Oath of the Athenian State

We have moved from the month during which we celebrate President’s birthdays. March Madness is on the horizon. As a reminder of the importance of respect and contribution to civic duty exemplified by Wasington and Lincoln, we offer an excerpt from the Oath of the Athenian State. It is inscribed on the wall in the foyer of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

“We will ever strive for the ideals and sacred things of the city, both alone and with many; we will unceasingly seek to quicken the sense of public duty. We will revere and obey the city laws; we will transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

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