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The Thebans, for their part, being also fearful in1 case no others except themselves should make war upon the Lacedaemonians, devised the following expedient. They persuaded Sphodrias, the Lacedaemonian governor at Thespiae, — by giving him money, it was suspected, — to invade Attica, that so he might involve the Athenians in war with the Lacedaemonians. And he in obedience to their persuasions, professing that he would capture Piraeus, inasmuch as it still had no gates,2 led forth his troops from Thespiae after they had taken an early dinner, saying that he would finish the journey to Piraeus before3 daybreak.

1 378 B.C.

2 cp. IV. viii. 9, 10.

3 378 B.C.

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