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[422d] he said, “for I believe you are right.” “Well then, if they send an embassy to the other city and say what is in fact true1: ‘We make no use of gold and silver nor is it lawful for us but it is for you: do you then join us in the war and keep the spoils of the enemy,’2—do you suppose any who heard such a proposal would choose to fight against hard and wiry hounds rather than with the aid of the hounds against fat and tender sheep?” “I think not.” “Yet consider whether the accumulation

1 Cf. Herodotus vii. 233τὸν ἀληθέστατον τῶν λόγων, Catullus x. 9 “id quod erat.”

2 The style is of intentional Spartan curtness.

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