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1 Now while our forefathers and the Lacedaemonians were always emulous of each other, yet during that time their rivalry was for the noblest ends; they did not look upon each other as enemies but as competitors, nor did they court the favor of the barbarians for the enslavement of the Hellenes2; on the contrary, they were of one mind when the common safety was in question, and their rivalry with each other was solely to see which of them should bring this about.

They first displayed their valor when Darius sent his troops;

1 Sections 85-87 are closely paralleled in Lys. 2.23-26.

2 As was done by the Peace of Antalcidas. See 115, note.

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