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On the Peace
 for in former times as the result of such meddlesomeness we were placed in the utmost peril,1 while as the result of keeping our city in the path of justice and of giving aid to the oppressed and of not coveting the possessions of others we were given the hegemony by the willing consent of the Hellenes2—considerations which now and for a long time past, without reason and with utter recklessness, we have treated with contempt.
2 In 478 B.C., when the Confederacy of Delos （see Isoc. 12.67 ff. and notes）was formed, Thucydides states that the Ionian Greeks came to Athens and asked her to take the hegemony. See i. 95, 96. Cf. Isoc. 4.72.