I see also the Thebans, who then1 did not succeed in persuading the Lacedaemonians to enslave you, now requesting you to allow those who saved you to perish.“It is truly a noble deed that is told of your ancestors, when they did not suffer those Argives who died at the Cadmea to go unburied;2 but you would achieve a far nobler deed if you did not suffer those Lacedaemonians who still live either to incur insult or to perish.
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