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At times, you know, they attempt to maintain that they have subjected us to this treatment because we were unwilling to be members of their federation.1 But I ask you to consider, first, if on such grounds it is just to inflict penalties so contrary to justice and so cruel; next, if it seems to you consistent with the dignity of the city of the Plataeans, without their consent but under compulsion, to accept such dependence under the Thebans. For my part, I consider that there exists no people more overbearing than those who blot out the cities of each of us and compel us, when we have no use for it, to participate in their form of polity.

1 That is, to join the Boeotian Confederation, of which Thebes held the hegemony, and thus to be tributary ( συντελεῖν) to the Thebans.

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