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[64] And although the king within three years1 destroyed the dominion of the Lacedaemonians,2 who were then at the height of their glory and power, yet after he had waged war against Evagoras for ten years,3 he left him lord of all that he had possessed before he entered upon the war. But the most amazing thing of all is this: the city which, held by another prince, Evagoras had captured with fifty men, the Great King, with all his vast power, was unable to subdue at all.

1 397-394 B.C.

2 An exaggeration: it was the Spartan sea-power only that was destroyed.

3 390-380 (?) B.C.

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