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Now Tiribazus was mightily pleased at hearing the words of Antalcidas; but to the opponents of Antalcidas these proposals went no further than words.1 For the Athenians were afraid to agree that2 the cities and the islands should be independent lest they should be deprived of Lemnos, Imbros, and Scyros3; and the Thebans, lest they should be compelled to leave the Boeotian cities independent; while the Argives thought that they could not keep Corinth as Argos,4 a thing which they desired, if such an agreement and peace were concluded. So it was that this project of peace came to naught, and the ambassadors returned to their several homes.

1 Literally, “were words only”; i.e. were not treated as a reasonable basis for a peace.

2 392 B.C.

3 These islands were among the earliest possessions of Athens. They were lost at the close of the Peloponnesian War, but had recently been recovered.

4 Cp. iv. 6.

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