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[9] And I expect you also to share my feelings when you reflect that, while until the present day we seem to have been unfortunate in our contest with the Thebans,1 and to have been overcome in body because of the mistakes of our leader,2 yet up to this moment we possess our spirits unconquered;

1 Since the battle of Leuctra.

2 Cleombrotus the king was partly blamed for the Spartan defeat at Leuctra.

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