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Now concerning his high birth what greater and nobler could be said than this, that even to-day the line of his descent from Heracles1 is traced through the roll of his ancestors, and those no simple citizens, but kings and sons of kings?

1 Agesilaus was twenty-fifth in line of descent from Heracles (Hdt. 8.131; Plut. Lyc. c. i; Plut. Ages. c. i).

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