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99. The Boeotians replied that if they were in Boeotia they might take what belonged to them, but1 must depart out of it; if they were in their own land they could do as they pleased. They knew that the territory of Oropus, in which the dead lay (for the battle took place on the border), was actually in the possession of Athens, but that the Athenians could not take them away without their leave,2 and they were unwilling as they pretended to make a truce respecting a piece of ground which did not belong to them3. And to say in their reply 'that if they would quit Boeotian ground they might take what they asked for,' sounded plausible. Thereupon the Athenian herald departed, leaving his purpose unaccomplished.

1 The Boeotians quibble about the spot in which the dead bodies lie.

2 Or, taking δῆθεν with ὑπὲρ τῆς ἐκείνων: 'and they were unwilling to make a truce respecting a piece of ground which was claimed by the Athenians.'

3 Or, taking δῆθεν with ὑπὲρ τῆς ἐκείνων: 'and they were unwilling to make a truce respecting a piece of ground which was claimed by the Athenians.'

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