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[31] When these words had been spoken, it is said that from a clear sky there came lightnings and thunderings of favourable omen for him; and it chanced also that on the right wing was a sanctuary and a statue of Heracles.1 As a result, therefore, of all these things, it is reported that the soldiers were inspired with so much strength and courage that it was a task for their leaders to restrain them as they pushed forward to the front. And when Archidamus led the advance, only a few of the enemy waited till his men came within spear-thrust;2 these were killed, and the rest were cut down as they fled, many by the horsemen and many by the Celts.

1 The circumstance was of good omen because Heracles was the traditional ancestor of the Spartan kings.

2 368 B.C.

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