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Now while he was at dinner in the land of the Argives, on the first evening of his stay there, and when the after-dinner libations had just been made, the god sent an earthquake; and all the Lacedaemonians, those in the royal tent taking the lead, struck up the paean to Poseidon1; and the rest of the soldiers expected to retire from the country, because Agis likewise, on an occasion when an earthquake2 took place, had withdrawn his army from Elis.3 But Agesipolis said that if the god had sent an earthquake when he was about to invade, he should have thought that he was forbidding the invasion; but since he sent it after he had invaded, he believed that he was urging him on;

1 To whom earthquakes were ascribed by the Greeks.

2 888 B.C.

3 Cp. III. ii. 24.

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