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[15] Yes, and how many disasters from unsound ships? I will pass over most of them; but in the Decelean war1—I am reminding you of a bit of old history which you all know better than I do—though many serious disasters befell our city, she did not succumb till her fleet was destroyed. But why need me cite ancient instances? You know how it stood with our city in the last war with the Lacedaemonians2 when it seemed unlikely that you could dispatch a fleet. You know that vetches were sold for food. But when you did dispatch it, you obtained peace on your own terms.

1 The last stage of the Peloponnesian War, 413 to 404.

2 Terminated by the peace of Callias in 371.

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