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97. At first the allies were independent and deliberated in a common assembly under the leadership1 of Athens. But in the interval between the Persian and the Peloponnesian Wars, by their military success and by policy in dealing with the Barbarian, with their own rebellious allies and with the Peloponnesians who came across their path from time to time, the Athenians made immense strides in power. [2] I have gone out of my way to speak of this period because the writers who have preceded me treat either of Hellenic affairs previous to the Persian invasion or of that invasion itself; the intervening portion of history has been omitted by all of them, with the exception of Hellanicus; and he, where he has touched upon it in his Attic history, is very brief; and inaccurate in his chronology. The narrative will also serve to explain how the Athenian empire grew up.

1 The interval between the Persian and Peloponnesian Wars omitted in most histories.

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