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21. The Peloponnesian wall was double, and consisted of an inner circle looking towards Plataea,1 and an outer intended to guard against an attack from Athens; they were at a distance of about sixteen feet from one another. [2] This interval of sixteen feet was partitioned off into lodgings for the soldiers, by which the two walls were joined together, so that they appeared to form one thick wall with battlements on both sides. [3] At every tenth battlement there were large towers, filling up the space between the walls, and extending both to the inner and outer face; there was no way at the side of the towers, but only through the middle of them. [4] During the night, whenever there was storm and rain, the soldiers left the battlements and kept guard from the towers, which were not far from each other and were covered overhead. Such was the plan of the wall with which Plataea was invested.

1 Plan of the Peloponnesian wall.

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