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109. Ath. 'Yes, but what encourages men who are invited to join in a conflict is clearly not the1 good-will of those who summon them to their side, but a decided superiority in real power. To this no men look more keenly than the Lacedaemonians; so little confidence have they in their own resources, that they only attack their neighbours when they have numerous allies, and therefore they are not likely to find their way by themselves to an island, when we are masters of the sea.'

1 The aid which you can give is not sufficient to make them run into danger for your sakes. They well not come alone to an island.

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    • T. G. Tucker, Commentary on Thucydides: Book 8, 8.46
    • W. Walter Merry, James Riddell, D. B. Monro, Commentary on the Odyssey (1886), 2.171
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