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Reflecting on these things, we may well be indignant at the present state of affairs, and yearn for our lost supremacy: and we may well blame the Lacedaemonians because, although in the beginning they entered upon the war1 with the avowed intention2 of freeing the Hellenes, in the end they delivered so many of them into bondage, and because they induced the Ionians to revolt from Athens, the mother city from which the Ionians emigrated and by whose influence they were often preserved from destruction, and then betrayed them3 to the barbarians—those barbarians in despite of whom they possess their lands and against whom they have never ceased to war.

1 The Peloponnesian War.

2 See words of Brasidas in Thuc. 4.85.

3 By the Treaty of Antalcidas, negotiated by Sparta, the Ionian cities of Asia Minor and the neighboring islands were given over to PersiaXen. Hell. 5.1.31).

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