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[31] Now at the time Archidamus said nothing in reply to these words, but yielding to the justice of them, went away. Afterwards, however, whether because he had conceived the idea himself or because it had been suggested to him by some one else, he went to Agesilaus and said: “Father, I know that if Sphodrias had done no wrong, you would have acquitted him; but as it is, if he has done something wrong, let him for our sakes1 obtain pardon at your hands.” And Agesilaus said: “Well, if this should be honourable for us, it shall be so.” Upon hearing these words Archidamus went away in great despondency.

1 378 B.C.

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