he Argives when they themselves were making war upon that people, but also that sometimes, on the pretext of a holy truce, they had not served in the Lacedaemonian armies at all, and when they had fallen into line, had served badly. Furthermore, the Lacedaemonians said they were aware that they were envious if any good fortune came to them, and delighted if any disaster befel them.cp. IV. v. 18. It was also common talk that the thirty years' truce, concluded after the battle of Mantinea, In 418 B.C. had expired this year, so far as the Mantineans were concerned.
When, accordingly, they now refused to tear down their walls, the Lacedaemonians called out the ban against them.Now Agesilaus requested the state to relieve him of the command of this expedition, saying that the city of the Mantineans had rendered his father many services in the wars against Messene; Agesipolis, therefore, led forth the ban, even385 B.C. though his father, Pausanias, Who was still living, though deposed and in