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81. Perhaps some one may be encouraged by the superior equipment and numbers of our infantry,1 which will enable us regularly to invade and ravage their lands. [2] But their empire extends to distant countries, and they will be able to introduce supplies by sea. [3] Or, again, we may try-to stir up revolts among their allies. But these are mostly islanders, and we shall have to employ a fleet in their defence, as well as in our own. [4] How then shall we carry on the war? For if we can neither defeat them at sea, nor deprive them of the revenues by which their navy is maintained, we shall get the worst of it. [5] And having gone so far, we shall no longer be able even to make peace with honour, especially if we are believed to have begun the quarrel. [6] We must not for one moment flatter ourselves that if we do but ravage their country the war will be at an end. Nay, I fear that we shall bequeath it to our children; for the Athenians with their high spirit will never barter their liberty to save their land, or be terrified like novices at the sight of war.

1 We have more hoplites, but their empire extends to distant countries, by which their navy is supported; and to ravage their land is useless

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