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91. Meanwhile the Boeotians were gathering at Tanagra. All the forces from the different cities1 had now arrived. They saw that the Athenians were already marching homewards, and most of the Boeotarchs (who are in number eleven) disapproved of giving battle, because the enemy had left the Boeotian territory. For when the Athenians rested in their march they were just on the borders of Oropia. But Pagondas the son of Aeoladas, one of the two Boeotarchs from Thebes, who was in command at the time (the other being Arianthidas the son of Lysimachidas),2 wanted to fight3, believing that the risk was worth encountering. So calling the soldiers to him in successive divisions, that they might not all leave their arms at once, he exhorted the Boeotians to march against the Athenians and to hazard battle, in the following words:—

1 The Boeotians at the instigation of Pagondas determine to pursue the Athenians across the border.

2 Or, omitting the words ' who was in command at the time': 'wanted to fight while he held the command.'

3 Or, omitting the words ' who was in command at the time': 'wanted to fight while he held the command.'

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