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[2] But the Argives, Athenians, Boeotians, and1 those among the Corinthians who had received a share of the money from the King, as well as those who had made themselves chiefly responsible for the war, realizing that if they did not put out of the way the people who had turned toward peace, the state would be in danger of going over to the Lacedaemonians again, undertook, under these circumstances, to bring about a general massacre. And in the first place, they devised the most sacrilegious of all schemes; for other people, even if a man is condemned by process of law, do not put him to death during a religious festival; but these men chose the last day of the Euclea,2 because they thought they would catch more people in the market-place, so as to kill them.

1 392 B.C.

2 The festival of Artemis Euclea.

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