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[2] In Egypt King Tachos, having completed his preparations for the war, now had two hundred triremes expensively adorned, ten thousand chosen mercenaries from Greece, and besides these eighty thousand Egyptian infantry. He gave the command of the mercenaries to the Spartan Agesilaus,1 who had been dispatched by the Lacedaemonians with a thousand hoplites to fight as an ally, being a man capable of leading troops and highly regarded for his courage and for his shrewdness in the art of war.

1 Agesilaus could have come to Egypt only after the battle of Mantineia, accordingly in the autumn of 362 or in the following spring. The campaign was probably in the summer of 361. After the revolt against Tachos, he supported Nectanebos in his struggle against the Mendesian pretender (Plut. Agesilaus 37-38) and in the course of the winter (Xen. Ages. 2.31.1; Plut. Agesilaus 40) left Egypt (end of 361 or beginning of 360). He died on the return journey to Sparta.

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