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[110] that from that day to this we celebrate the peace with sacrifices every year because no other treaty has been so advantageous to our city;1 while, as for the Lacedaemonians, no man since that time has seen a ship of theirs voyage this side of Malea2 nor any land force advance beyond the Isthmus, and anyone can see in this fact the cause of their disaster at Leuctra.

1 This campaign took place in 375. It was followed up the next year by a peace patched up between Athens and Sparta. Nothing is known about the terms of this peace, but in any case it was promptly broken. See Grote, History, vol. ix. pp. 348 ff. Isocrates seems to refer, not to that temporary truce, but to the important “Peace of Callias” in 371, which virtually gave Athens the command of the sea, limiting Sparta to the land, and weakening her, according to Isocrates, for the decisive clash with the Theban power at Leuctra in the same year. See Grote, History, vol. ix. pp. 381 ff.

2 The southern cape of the Peloponnesus.

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