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[2] For they said they had noted not only that the Mantineans had been sending corn to the Argives when they themselves were making war upon that people, but also that sometimes, on the pretext of a holy truce, they had not served in the Lacedaemonian armies at all, and when they had fallen into line, had served badly. Furthermore, the Lacedaemonians said they were aware that they were envious if any good fortune came to them, and delighted if any disaster befel them.1 It was also common talk that the thirty years' truce, concluded after the battle of Mantinea,2 had expired this year, so far as the Mantineans were concerned.

1 cp. IV. v. 18.

2 In 418 B.C.

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