Fatherland – “here is my faith, my family, here are the traces of the fathers” (Cicero). “I must defend the temples and shrines of our homeland” (Polax). This is how the young commander formulated his oath, forever leaving his name in the military lists of Rome.
To be a citizen, according to Demosthenes, means “to participate in sacrifices.” In essence, the Fatherland appeared at the moment when its sons first felt the sacredness of their native land.
In the same way, true heroism became possible only when the individual learned and fell in love with consciously acting, suffering, and dying for his Fatherland.
Yes, the continued existence of the Fatherland always relies on the presence of those who vow to die for it at any moment.