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87. When Sthenelaidas had thus spoken he, being Ephor, himself put the question to the Lacedaemonian1 assembly. [2] Their custom is to signify their decision by cries and not by voting. But he professed himself unable to tell on which side was the louder cry, and wishing to call forth a demonstration which might encourage the warlike spirit, he said, ‘Whoever of you, Lacedaemonians, thinks that the treaty has been broken and that the Athenians are in the wrong, let him rise and go yonder’ (pointing to a particular spot), ‘and those who think otherwise to the other side.’ So the assembly rose and divided, [3] and it was determined by a large majority that the treaty had been broken. [4] The Lacedaemonians then recalled the allies and told them that in their judgment the Athenians were guilty, but that they wished to hold a general assembly of the allies and take a vote from them all; [5] then the war, if they approved of it, might be undertaken by common consent. Having accomplished their purpose, the allies returned home; and the Athenian envoys, when their errand was done, returned likewise. [6] Thirteen years of the thirty2 years' peace which was concluded after the recovery of Euboea had elapsed and the fourteenth year had begun when the Lacedaemonian assembly decided that the treaty had been broken.

1 The Lacedaemonians. influenced chiefly by the fear of the Athenians, resolve to go to war.

2 B.C. 445.

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