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54. 'Still we may urge our claims of justice against our Theban enemies, and our claims of1 gratitude upon you and the other Hellenes; the recollection of our good deeds may perhaps move you. [2] To your short question, ‘ Whether in this war we have done any service to the Lacedaemonians and their allies, ’ we reply that ‘ if we are enemies you are not wronged, because you have received no good from us; and if you deem us friends, you who have made war upon us, and not we, are to blame. ’ During the late peace and in the Persian War our conduct was irreproachable; [3] we were not the first to violate the peace, and we were the only Boeotians who took part in repelling the Persian invader and in the liberation of Hellas. [4] Although we are an inland city, we joined in the sea-fight off Artemisium; we were at your side when you fought in our land under Pausanias, and, whatever dangers the Hellenes underwent in those days, we took a share beyond our strength in all of them. [5] And you, Lacedaemonians, more especially should remember how at the time when Sparta was panic-stricken by the rebellion of the Helots, who seized Ithomè after the earthquake2, we sent a third part of our own citizens to your aid; these are things not to be forgotten.

1 Treat us either as friends or as open enemies. Remember our conduct (1) in the Persian War, (2) in the revolt of the Helots.

2 Cp. 1.101.

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