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And these Thebans, who have recently behaved in such fashion toward your city and in times past have been guilty of betraying Greece as a whole,1 have seen fit to demand for themselves forgiveness for their evil deeds willingly committed and so monstrous, yet to us, for acts done under compulsion, they think no mercy ought to be shown, but they, true Thebans as they are, have the effrontery to reproach others for siding with the Lacedaemonians, when they, as we all know, have for the longest time been in servitude to them and have fought more zealously for Spartan domination than for their own security!

1 In the Persian Wars.

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