But perhaps we shall
admit that that is how matters ought to stand, but feel that it is monstrous to
choose as our allies the men whose ranks we faced at Mantinea,1 and even to help them against those with whom we
shared the dangers of that battle. And I too am of that opinion, but I think we
must add the saving clause, “if the others consent to do what is
1 The Athenians fought on the left wing of the Lacedaemonians at Mantinea against Thebans, Arcadians
and other allies of Thebes.
Demosthenes. Demosthenes with an English translation by C. A. Vince, M. A. and J. H. Vince, M.A. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1926.
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