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[34] When the ambassadors arrived there, Pelopidas enjoyed a great advantage with the Persian. For he was able to say that his people were the only ones among the Greeks who had fought on the side of the King at Plataea, that1 they had never afterwards undertaken a campaign against the King, and that the Lacedaemonians had made war upon them for precisely the reason that they had declined to go with Agesilaus against him2 and had refused to permit Agesilaus to sacrifice to Artemis at Aulis,3 the very spot where Agamemnon, at the time when he was sailing forth to Asia, had sacrificed before he captured Troy.

1 367 B.C.

2 See III. v. 5.

3 This incident is described in III. iv. 3-4.

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