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‘As an instance of what I mean—how could we possibly advise the Athenians’ (the συμβουλευτικὸν γένος) ‘whether they should make war or not, unless we know what is the nature of their power (or forces), whether it is a naval or military force, or both, and its amount or magnitude, and what their revenues are, and their friends or enemies, and besides all this what wars they have waged, and with what success (or possibly, what are their modes of warfare)—and everything else of the same sort’. Compare with this I 4. 7, to the end, on political topics.

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