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[18] At length, when they were in desperate straits, they arranged that Chares1 should escort their supply train. Upon his arrival at Phlius they begged him to help them also to convoy their non-combatants to Pellene.2 Accordingly they left these people at Pellene, and after making their purchases and packing as many beasts of burden as they could, they set off during the night, not unaware that they would be ambushed by the enemy, but thinking that to be without provisions was a more grievous thing than fighting.

1 An Athenian general.

2 Since the events described in 11-16 above Pellene had rejoined the Lacedaemonian alliance.

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