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Now there is one precaution which I think essential. If anyone proposes to negotiate for our city an alliance or a joint contribution1 or anything of the sort, it must be done without detriment to the existing peace. I do not mean that the peace is a glorious one or even creditable to you, but, whatever we may think of it, it would better suit our purpose never to have made it than to violate it when made, because we have now sacrificed many advantages which would have made war safer and easier for us then than now.

1 A euphemism under the second Athenian confederacy for the tribute (φόρος) of the first.

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