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The Plataeans, men of Athens, alone among the Greeks came to your aid at Marathon1 when Datis, the general of King Dareius, on his return from Eretria2 after subjugating Euboea, landed on our coast with a large force and proceeded to ravage the country. And even to this day the picture in the Painted Stoa3 exhibits the memorial of their valor; for each man is portrayed hastening to your aid with all speed—they are the band wearing Boeotian caps.

1 This was in 490 B.C.

2 A town in Euboea across the strait from Attica.

3 See note a on Dem. 45.17.

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