Lowes examples indicate that commemoration of the “war-dead” was an important feature of Greek civilization even outside of the popularized Athens. “Democratic Athenians saw in their traditions of commemorating their war-dead something intrinsically Athenian and something intrinsically democratic. The fact that the oligarchic Thespians were, simultaneously, engaged in objectively very similar practices, or that the Athenian monuments also commemorated non-Athenians, does not mean that those Athenians were deluded in their beliefs, but shows, rather, the extent to which the meanings of commemorative monuments of this sort are not fixed by the nature of the monuments themselves, but derive their shape from the changing contexts in which they are found.” 6 In “The Laws of War in Ancient Greece”, published in Law and History Review, Vol. 26, No. 3, Law, War, and History (Fall, 2008), pp.469-489, author Adriaan Lanni discusses the laws, mostly unspoken, governing war between the polis (city-states) in classical Greece, and examines to what extent these laws affected the tactics and actions taken by these city-states. Lanni breaks the question down into four constituent elements.Firstly, how were these laws formed? Most of the laws governing interstate war stemmed from “laws common to all men”, that is laws that most citizens intrinsically acted regarding, not being formulated or written. Often these laws resulted from religious thinking at the time.