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At that time the Lacedaemonians were indignant because we thought it right by legitimate means to extend our dominion over certain peoples.1 Now, however, they feel no concern, when these peoples are reduced to such abject servitude that it is not enough that they should be forced to pay tribute and see their citadels occupied by their foes, but, in addition to these public calamities, must also in their own persons submit to greater indignities than those which are suffered in our world by purchased slaves2; for none of us is so cruel to his servants as are the barbarians in punishing free men.

1 As, for example, over the Ionian cities.

2 Slaves by purchase were in worse case than slaves by capture in battle.

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