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23. ξυμμάχους—in virtue of the alliance under Sparta still formally existing in spite of the Athenian hegemony.

24. οἱ δ᾽ ἦλθον—there was opposition at Athens to the proposal, but Cimon's view was that Sparta on land was as necessary to Greece as Athens on sea: Greece was ‘lamed’ while Sparta was tied down (Plut. Cim 16).

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