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[220] not of the barbarians nor of those who wrong them nor of those who invade their territory, but of those who are their nearest kin and share the same blood with them.1 And this is what the Spartans have done. And yet with what conscience can we say that they make good use of their warlike practices who have at all times without ceasing sought to destroy those whom it behoved them to save?

1 The Perioeci, who, according to Isocrates, were of the Spartan blood, and their fellow-Dorians generally.

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